how to do a wash

Hello friends!

I haven’t done a furniture post in a while, mainly because I haven’t had the opportunity to work on too many pieces lately.

A couple weeks ago, my friend needed help refinishing a desk and I immediately jumped on board to help out. She had gotten the desk from a friend who had it in her garage I believe. It’s a good, sturdy piece but it definitely needed a little “yellow peach” love. 

Forgive the horrible, bright sun lighting. 

Forgive the horrible, bright sun lighting. 

So I had my friend send me pictures of things in her room that I could pick colors from. She had lots of coral/orange colors with pops of teal and dark headboards and side tables. I decided to go with a teal and dark wax it. Then I remembered about a year ago when I did a wash, and I LOVED it. I’ve been wanting to do another one since then, so today I’m going to show you how to do it!

I started by picking up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. And let me just tell you, this is the cleanest your can of paint will EVER look, I promise you. I chose "Provence" which is a really pretty teal/turquoise color.

Chalk paint allows you to start your piece without any priming or sanding, and usually only takes two coats. However, this piece had clearly been in a teen's room at some point. There were lots of stains on top and a few stickers stuck on there. So this did require a little bit of sanding on the top! Also, because it was so white I ended up using 3 coats of paint. 

Let's move on to the wash. I decided to use "Chateau Grey". You see the mess on that paint can? THAT is what happens. You will also need a cheese cloth for a wash. I would recommend picking up two cases (4 sq yds). In case I didn't clarify this enough earlier I LOVE doing washes. It gives the piece such a depth I'm getting excited just writing about it. *Furniture nerd alert* 

To get the wash ready, put a small amount of paint in a cup and add water. I don't have measurements for this as I just eyeball it, but you can see in the solo cup you don't need much. You basically just want a very watered down version of "Chateau Grey" or whatever color you are using on top. 

Now you're ready. I'll show you on this drawer so you can see better how I do it.

Paint on the wash in a small area.

Then immediately follow it with a piece of cheese cloth. That is how simple it is! Do that to your entire piece. Paint and swipe, paint and swipe, until the whole piece is covered. Go back over certain areas if you feel like it isn't a deep enough color.

My helper is always lurking around somewhere.

My helper is always lurking around somewhere.

Next step: clear wax. Cover the entire piece in clear wax and wait 8 hours. Go over the piece with steel wool to distribute the wax and buff with a clean rag.

Next: dark wax. I always have my wax brush in one hand, steel wool in the next. Swipe with dark wax, follow with steel wool. Just like the wash: paint and swipe! However with the wax you want to put a little more elbow grease into it.

If you want the piece to look even shinier, you can go over with clear wax one more time and buff it to a shine.

And that's it! 

Tunes while I'm washin:

This song is AMAZING. Listen here.