As much as we love our classic distressed look at Pure, we love to experiment with something fresh and new every once and a while. With the summer approaching, we’ve been experimenting a lot more with ways to incorporate more light and bright whites and creams into our pieces. One of our absolute favourite ways to do so is white washing! This easy technique is a great way to bring dimension to any piece, and we simply can’t get enough of it.
If you already have a painted piece at home and it needs an extra “umph”, this method is perfect to try out. For this little tutorial, you’ll need to start out with an already painted piece of furniture, painted in at least two coats of either Fusion Mineral Paint or Van gogh Fossil Paint. Brighter colours such as blue and green, or deeper colour such as browns and navys tend to work the best with a white wash, as they show more of a contrast. Lighter colours will still work with this technique, but will be a little more subtle.
We started off this tutorial with this beautiful (massive) armoire that belonged to one of our customers. It was a perfect piece to do a white wash on with all of the beautiful details.
- bucket of room temperature water
- damp t-shirt rag
- van Gogh white or off-white paint colour (eg. Chalk or Halo)
- t-shirt rag
- natural beeswax
- 2 natural bristle paintbrush
Dip the tips of your paintbrush into the white paint, and wipe excess paint off the brush on the side of the paint can. Start with a little bit of paint at a time so it’s easier to work in sections. Brush the paint on in straight lines.
Take a damp rag (not wet), make it into a ball and lightly drag it through the painted section. You have two options depending on the look you are going for in your white wash: 1) wipe off the paint in a circular motion, making the sections look a little bit more “messy” or 2) rub the paint off in straight lines, giving the piece a neater, more consistent look. Make sure you do this step before your paint has dried. This step will make the paint look a little more transparent.
Repeat this step in sections until your entire piece is finished.
After your piece is completely dry, wax the piece with a clear beeswax to seal the paint into place. Apply your beeswax with a natural bristle brush, and buff the piece with a t-shirt rag. Applying the wax will make the white wash a little lighter and more subtle.
Admire your beautiful white-washed piece!
My goal for today’s post was to inspire you to do something a little different with your piece to freshen it up this summer. I couldn’t be happier with the results, and am sure everything in our store will be white-washed in no time (obviously an exaggeration- but I truly do want to white wash just about everything now…)!
If you happen to try out this tutorial, make sure you send pictures to any of our social media (we try to pick a feature piece every Friday!)