White Washing Tutorial | Furniture Painting




Introduction: White Washing Tutorial | Furniture Painting

About: Country Chic Paint is a beautiful clay-based furniture paint specifically designed for DIYers with a love for refinishing furniture and home decor. This fabulous paint is ultra low VOC and contains little to n…

White-washing is a great way to brighten up any piece without losing the beautiful grainy look of the wood.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to create a white washed look on your piece. If you'd rather watch a video, we also have a video tutorial available towards the bottom of the page!

All Country Chic Paint products used in this tutorial are available at www.countrychicpaint.com.

Step 1: Prepare Your Surface

If you're working with a raw wood surface, start by using a metal brush to open the pores of the wood.

This technique works best on raw wood that doesn’t have a finish on it. But, if you have a nice piece of oak furniture with a clear finish, that you want to white-wash. we recommend a good sanding with medium grit sandpaper to rough it up and open up the pores of the wood, so that it can soak up the paint better.

Step 2: Apply Simplicity

You can apply the paint at full strength, or you can thin it with water (up to about 1 part of water to 2 parts of paint). Make sure to go in the same direction as the wood grain.

You don’t have to get perfect coverage, just get it on about 75% of your surface. With white washing, you want give the wood a light wash, without getting full opaque coverage, because you want the wood grain to show through.

Step 3: Remove Excess Paint

Immediately after applying Simplicity, you’ll take a damp cloth and wipe away as much paint as you want to create the look you’re after.

Step 4: Build Up in Layers

If you realize you’ve taken off too much of the Simplicity, you’ll simply go over it again with another coat of paint and wipe it off again. You can build up your coverage in layers.

That's all there is to it. Pretty simple isn't it?

There is no reason you can only use Simplicity as a wash, so experiment with other paint colors as well!

Step 5: Check Out Our Video Tutorial!

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne creating a gorgeous whitewashed look on pallet wood!

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    6 years ago

    Hey, thank you for this. I wanted to know if you have any suggestions for fixers as am looking to put the product outdoors and would like it to last for as long as possible. TIA

    Bill Rose
    Bill Rose

    7 years ago

    I saw your 'Dragons Den Ca.' episode, very impressive..

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    Country Chic Paint

    Reply 7 years ago

    Hi Bill,

    We're so glad you got to watch the episode! Thank you for your support.


    Bill Rose
    Bill Rose

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I white-wash timber items too. However I find the 'White' can look a little 'Dirty' over time. So I switched to pale Cream colour, this turned out far better over time. I have also tried pale Red and pale Blue, with variable amounts of success.

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    Country Chic Paint

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi there,

    It's nice to hear the results of your experimentation! We've seen some very neat pieces done in a few different colors and grey especially tends to be very popular.

    Happy painting!