Whitewashing A Wood Table The Easy Way

2 Materials
2 Hours
We built our dining room table several years ago and I had stained it dark. I grew a little tired of the dark wood look and decided to lighten it up, based on a easy technique that I've used before!
This farmhouse style table was one that we built for our dining room and I have full instructions for the build on my blog. I grew tired though of the rustic dark stain and rather than remove that, I decided to experiment with a technique that I've used on other small pieces in the past.
I simply used watered down acrylic paint and thinned it out. Once it was thinned out enough to cover lightly, I grabbed a paintbrush and working in the direction of the grain I painted right over the existing finish with a drybrush technique. For specifics on this you can check out my blog post linked below.
Working in small areas at a time I brushed and dragged a clean cloth over to remove some of the paint. Once I finished the entire table I stepped back for a look and to see if any areas perhaps needed more paint added and then wiped again.
After adding and removing paint to get the look that I wanted, I waxed the tabletop to protect it.
More on my blog post, linked below at shabbyfufublog.com
Suggested materials:
  • Paint   (home store)
  • Wax   (amazon)
Janet Coon-Shabbyfufu
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Liz26161222 Liz26161222 on Aug 05, 2018

    You said that you painted over existing stain, did you seal your table after the first time you stained your table

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 15, 2019

    I have a coffee table in would like to do this to . Do I have to sand it first ?

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