I’ve worked with all levels of projects and when push comes to shove I go for the straightforward. Our dining table is one that we built several years ago and I shared in an updated TUTORIAL.
We scored the base that is from a Pottery Barn farmhouse table at a yard sale a long time back. The top had a lacquered ugly yellow finish that was really thick and the table was too small. Off came the base and we used it to build a new tabletop on. The base and legs were already painted in the creamy white that is still on it, so we didn’t do a thing with that.
I love the farmhouse look of the top that we built, stained and waxed, but it has been calling my name to lighten up for a long time!
Can you whitewash over varnished wood?
The short answer is no. The varnish won’t apply the other paints to adhere to the wood and this is going to cause a problem later on. If you have a varnished wood table, you’re going to want to use another method of painting over it or try to remove the varnish beforehand.
Do I need to sand before whitewashing?
Nope, you don’t have to at all. People do because they think that it adheres better but I didn’t do it with mine and it worked out perfectly.
How long will whitewash last?
This is just another reason why I love whitewash paint. If you take good care of the surface and area that it’s painted on, it’s going to last you for a really long time.
Do you prime before whitewashing?
This all just depends on how you want your washed wood furniture to look. If you want it to look rustic or to have that farmhouse feel, you really don’t have to add a primer. But if you’re wanting it to look more solid, then you could but it’s totally up to you.
How do you get whitewash stains off the floor?
If you find that you’ve dropped some of the paint on the floor during your project, there are ways that you can get it off without worry. Warm water and dish soap can help to get a lot of it off and if it lands on a hard surface, you just need to let it dry and scrape off or try and peel it off.
Whitewashing A Farmhouse Table In 30 Minutes
How To Easily Whitewash Furniture
- Grab a paintbrush and my favorite white acrylic paint. I would NOT recommend using oil based paint! You would have to thin it out with mineral spirits and it’s toxic.
- Water down the paint in a small manageable bucket like a used large plastic yogurt container. For this table I mixed about 2/3 paint to 1/3 water. This table had an original wax finish but I didn’t think that it was necessary to sand it off. To be on the safe side you certainly can give it a light sanding first if preferred.
- Start painting little by little in the direction of the grain of the boards on the FARMHOUSE TABLE. Use the same technique if your tabletop is one solid piece of wood or veneered.
- Paint a small area at a time and before the paint dries have a damp rag on hand and wipe the painted finish you just applied down until it looks like a wash. You may have to repeat in some areas if you’ve wiped off too much.
Furniture Wax With A Whitewashing Technique
Here is the finished table and it really took me maybe 20 minutes to do. I’m going to let it cure for a day or two and then give it another coat of wax with my FAVORITE WAX. I’ve been using the wax for years and it’s the BEST!
I can’t wait to set the table for some fun posts to share coming your way soon!
Do you have a piece of furniture that you would like to lighten up by whitewashing? Let me know if you have any questions!