I picked up a pair of nightstands that were luckily already prepped for me with primer. I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go, so I just grabbed the paint and went with it.
So here are the nightstands. Very simple. I could have gone in any direction with them I suppose. I grabbed a can of paint I already had on hand and I got to work. Since they were already prepped and primed all I had to do was clean the dust off.
I have a ton of paints already opened so I grabbed Gothic gray by Retique It. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go modern at first. Either way I knew this would be a good base. Since this paint is chalk based, there was nothing to it and I was able to have both tables painted in no time.
I used my Retique It polyacrylic to seal, applying it with a sponge in 2 thin coats. I noticed a little bit of the paint had come off showing through the white primer. This gave me my "aha" moment. I decided whitewashing is exactly what they needed!
So white washing is really just applying white glaze. You can mix 50% paint with 50% of a glazing medium to get a great consistency to work with. I was lucky to find glaze medium by the gallon at Sherwin Williams when they were closing it out, so I have enough for a lifetime! You can also use Flotrol. (I posted how to do this previously)
So personally I find it easiest to make sure I get enough glaze in all of the nooks and crannies first. I'll start with small sections so that my glaze does not dry too fast and I'm able to wipe off the excess easily.
You don't want to be too skimpy with your glaze when your white washing because you want to leave a good amount behind after wiping.
Make sure you have a wet rag ready and I keep a bucket of water close by just in case I need to rewet or rinse my rag. Wipe off your extra glaze until you get the look that you love.
When you are finished glazing all the sections of your piece, take a step back and see if you want to put a little more or take off a little extra. It's best to do this now before it dries fully. You have a little more workability time with glaze versus paint, but not more than 15-20 minutes.
Since the glaze is mixed with basically a sealer you don't need to seal again over it. I applied my new hardware and they are done! I might not have known where I was going with them to start but I sure love how they ended up. And the good part is they sold in 5 minutes! 😳😁
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