Everywhere I look I see people whitewashing something. Furniture, fireplaces, mantles and more are being whitewashed to create a naturally rustic and airy look. Most people do a tricky dance of trying to mix the right paint with the right amount of water to achieve the perfect whitewash. Minwax makes whitewashing super easy! They have a color wash product that doesn’t need to be mixed with water, dries very quickly and creates a beautiful aged look on bare or stained wood.
I used this Design Series Color Wash product on a very outdated coffee table that I’ve had sitting in my garage for the last 5 years. I transformed it into a light and airy, perfectly aged table for our home. Here’s how I did it so you can do it too!
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Materials & Tools
Time to Complete
7 hours including dry time in between coats
This is the coffee table I started with. Yes, I had this coffee table sitting in my garage for over 5 years! It was about time that I refinished it!
Here’s how I did it.
- Sand any areas you plan to stain
Use a random orbital sander to sand off any protective finishes, paint or stain. Start with 80 grit sandpaper and then move to 120 and then 220. This ensures that you end up with a nice smooth finish. Sand by hand any areas that needs a little extra work.
Make sure that you have every last bit of stain off of the surfaces before moving on. I know from experience that cutting corners when sanding will result in a lot of issues later on!
2. Clean off the entire piece of furniture
Use tack cloth to remove any sawdust from the bare wood.
Use TSP cleaner to clean off any surfaces that you plan to paint and haven’t been sanded down to bare wood.
3. Apply one coat of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to the areas that you plan to stain.
This is the first step in a 3-step staining process. The below visual explains the 3-step process in case you want a heads up on what’s coming up!
4. Apply one coat of Minwax Design Series Color Wash over the areas where you just applied wood conditioner.
Immediately wipe it off with a rag, once again going against the grain. It is very important that you wipe it off right away, within 2 minutes of application.
This white wash will create a soft rustic look. It’s a water-based product so it dries quickly and cleans up easily too!
5. Paint the other areas of the furniture piece with Krylon Chalky Finish paint.
This paint is great because it requires minimal surface prep and it creates an ultra matte finish. If you choose to distress your piece, this paint is perfect for distressing.
Simply apply the paint using a nylon/polyester brush such as the Purdy Nylox paintbrush. After 1 hour you can touch up any areas if necessary. However, one coat was all that was necessary for my coffee table.
6. Stencil on a design
I decided to add a little more interest to my piece by stenciling on mandala designs. I used an old bucket of beige interior paint that I had in my basement and stenciled the designs on using the DecoArt Americana Decor Mandala Stencil and a round foam brush.
The key to this step is ensuring that you use very minimal paint on your foam brush to prevent paint bleeding under the stencil.
7. Apply two coats of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Coat to the top of the entire piece of furniture.
Add a new drawer pull that fits your style preference.
Congrats! You’re done!
Your piece of furniture no longer belongs on the side of the road. It belongs in your home as a beautiful, light & airy, rustic accent piece.
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