A Whitewash coffee table how to Step by Step process:

This project was very unexpected as my wife had purchased the coffee table online and I did not realize it was unfinished and the completed project was supposed to have a somewhat distressed whitewash look. The whitewash coffee table was the desired look to achieve.

 

follow my step by step with the procedures and products I used to come to the final transformation:

STEP 1:

light sand all the wood and vacuum and tack cloth off.  I used 400 grit sandpaper at this stag as just to open the grain of the wood and allow it to accept the first application of a Sand and Sealer.  This Sand and Sealer seals the wood pores to accept the finish product at a more even state and allows a more uniform color.

 

STEP 2:

  • Light sand and vacuum of again this time with a higher grit sandpaper, I used 800 grit.
  • Apply the dark walnut stain with a sponge applicator and let sit for about 3 minutes then rub into wood then wipe off with clean new rags.
  • Allow dry overnight

STEP 3:

  • Light sand and vacuum of again this time with a higher grit sandpaper, I used 1200 grit.

Mix the whitewash coat: I used a flat white interior latex paint mixed with equal parts water (1/2 cup to 1/2 cup)

  • apply liberally on an inconspicuous area (I used underside of table) and let sit for three minutes then rub in with new dry lint free rag. (see picture)
  • light dampen clean paint brush with paint water mixture and use long brush strokes to apply pattern.
  • let dry as directed by paint, approximately four hours.

STEP 4:

  • Lightly sand and vacuum of again this time with a higher grit sandpaper, I used 1200 grit. THIS TIME exposing some of the darker stained wood underneath the newly applied whitewash.

STEP 5:

  • repeat step 4

STEP 6:

  • Apply a water based polyurethane with long brush stokes for adequate but eve coverage.  NOTE: watch you brush strokes and coverage using a light held at an angle.

STEP 7 & 8:

  • Repeat step 6 and there you now have your whitewash coffee table.

I hope you found this an interesting project and please contact me with questions or comments.

Ron Ramsden, owner

Ramsden Painting

978-683-9119

http://www.ramsdenpainting.com