How To White Wash Your Bedroom Furniture

by admin on June 27, 2011 · 0 comments

If you want a fresh new look for your bedroom, opting for white bedroom furniture can be a great way to create a clean, airy look. Your bedroom should be a place to unwind and relax after all, so a calming, fresh white look is ideal.

If you're on a tight budget though, spending money on a brand new set of bedroom furniture may not be an option. It's actually really easy to update and revamp either your current bedroom set or inexpensive second hand furniture by giving it a white wash - a translucent coat of white that will keep all of the texture and rustic charm of your wooden furniture, perfect if you just love that country house or shabby chic look.

How do you white wash?
Traditionally a caustic lime wash would be applied to wood to fade its surface and give it that beautiful, aged look but there are a variety of ways to mimic the look with paint effects so that you can easily create your gorgeous distressed white bedroom furniture. White washing or pickling techniques are relatively cheap and simple to carry out yourself at home to give your furniture a new lease of life.

You'll need

  • Sandpaper/paint stripper
  • Latex white paint
  • Water
  • Old rags
  • Latex varnish

To get the effect ...
To create your white washed bedroom furniture, you'll firstly need to remove any existing paint - you'll want a raw, rough surface to work with so that the white wash can be properly absorbed and the gorgeous grain shows through. Use your sandpaper or, for thicker layers of paint, paint stripper to remove it thoroughly, then wipe your bedroom furniture over and leave to dry.

Next, choose your white latex paint. Make sure it has a matt finish and it's best to avoid overly stark brilliant whites if you want to create a gentle antiqued finish, so try softer shades. Dilute with water until your paint has the consistency of thick cream- it's worth checking you're happy with the dilution by testing it out on a small, discrete area first.

Paint the diluted white paint onto your bedroom furniture with even strokes then, after leaving it to soak in for a few moments, use your rag to wipe off the excess paint, leaving a gentle wash of color. Repeat this stage until you've built up as much of the white wash as you want.

When you're happy with the overall look, coat your white bedroom furniture with a few layers of clear latex varnish and you're done! A simple way to revamp your tired furniture and give it a chic, aged finish.

Finished white wash bedroom furniture:

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