Howdy friends What’s hangin?
Sometimes, we have a piece of furniture that seems like it needs an update, but we’re not sure what?
TELL ME YOU’VE BEEN THERE.
This little secretary desk was given to me by my sister-in-law’s parents, and I LOVED IT. But after living with it for awhile, I decided it needed something. I knew for sure I didn’t want to paint it and cover up all that pretty woodgrain detail. So I settled on whitewashing it. And I’m so glad I did, because it turned out AWESOME. Here’s the before!
You can see that it has very pretty detail, woodgrain, and grooves that need to be highlighted! So I started mixing my whitewash glaze.
Supplies for Whitewashing Furniture
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- Water-based primer (we used Kilz!)
- White latex paint
- Technique Glaze
- 220 Grit Sand Sponge
- Rubber gloves
- Cotton rags or cut-up old t-shirts!
- Chip brushes
Before you can jump right into the glazing, you need to rough up the surface a little bit so the whitewash mixture has something to ‘grab onto’. You don’t need to put much effort into it, but just make sure that you’ve taken the sheen off and it has a more matte finish.
Mix 1 part glaze, 1 part white paint, 1 part white primer together with a paint stick. My vessel of choice was a red solo cup. HEHE! Brush on a thin, streaky coat in the direction of the wood grain, and then quickly wipe it away before it has a chance to get tacky… leaving white in all the crevices of the wood. Remember, all brushing and wiping goes in the direction of the woodgrain!
LITERALLY that’s it.
You guys, this was SO EASY. And ended up making a huge difference for this piece!
I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOVE this look. It’s so organic and beautiful. And it maintains the integrity of the wood, without feeling boring.
I love how the drawers have individual square sections (that almost look like individual drawers). And since I’ve always secretly lusted over card catalogues (NOT the price-tag), I decided I wanted hardware on each little section… to give the illusion that it has many smaller drawers! My lover drilled the holes, and I put on the new hardware… which was 70% off at Menards. (similar to these)
Isn’t it amazing how quickly wiping on paint and immediately wiping it off can completely change the look of a piece of furniture? It almost has a farmhouse feel now. But I also think this look could go with just about any style of home décor. Like something straight out of Restoration Hardware!
When people ask me what my favorite piece of furniture is, it’s a close tie between this secretary, and our credenza.
I love to move this thing around to different spots in my house, and display it in different ways. Here it is in a corner of our dining room.
Do you have a piece of furniture that could use a little update like this? You should try this technique! And if you do, tag us in your pics on social media (@RealityDaydream on Instagram and Facebook) so we can see! Happy weekend.
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