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:
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- repeat step 4
- 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