- Sanding sponge
- Fine & Medium Sandpaper
- Water based paint
- Empty containers for mixing
- Paint Brushes
- Minwax Polycrylic - Satin
- Old shirts or clean rags
- All purpose cleaner
The color wash technique is I think officially called a white wash, but since I'm using grey I felt that it was a little misleading! So I renamed it, big deal. The process is the same, and you can do this with any color. Seems like the lighter colors would highlight best, but you never know until you try! First, choose your piece of furniture. I chose this Armoire for the wash because I loved the wood grain, and all those knots.
Inspect the overall piece for damage, and make sure whatever repairs it needs are ones your willing to do. I don't know how many times I've jumped the gun on a project, only to find that the repairs it needed were going to hold me back for a while. In this case, just some trim was missing, and a few strange screws here and there.
Let the paint rest for 3-4 minutes, then using a clean rag (I use old T shirts) wipe away the excess paint. I did long, smooth strokes for this look. You'll immediately get a feel for what's happening here, and you can tailor this look to be to your taste. The more you wipe, the more you reveal from underneath. Here you see I'm onto the next side:
Stand back and admire your work, don't worry if you see an area that isn't perfect - the flaws are what make this great. As you can see in mine, there are a few areas where the paint globbed up a bit, but we'll fix that later when we attack it with the sanding sponge.
Last step of course, and the most rewarding, is reattaching the hardware. I chose the original, because I liked how tarnished and old it was. I feel it matches the style pretty well.
Thanks for tuning in for yet another session of School of Restoration. If you decide to try this on something of yours, send in your pictures - we'd love to see & share them. If you missed the last few tutorials, you can find them all here. If this was your first, Welcome! Tune in next month for another technique tutorial in the School of Restoration, that I post for The Divine Minimalist. To our American readers, have a fantastic and fun Independence Day!