How Do I White Wash Furniture?

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How Do I White Wash Furniture?
(paint brushes image by Kevin Chesson from

Whitewashing wood furniture gives it a bright and shabby chic look. This process can be achieved by proper preparation and application. The sanding of your piece of furniture will most likely take longer than the actual application. However, thorough and proper sanding of your piece of furniture is important in achieving the best whitewash.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dust sheet
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint remover
  • Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain
  • Sand paper
  • Clear finish

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  1. 1

    Protect your floors before starting the whitewashing process. Place a dust sheet under your piece of furniture.

  2. 2

    Use paint remover to remove any existing paint or stain.

  3. 3

    Sand the piece of furniture you plan on white washing. Sand until the wood is exposed. Wipe any remaining wood dusting away with a damp cloth. Sand your piece of furniture evenly and thoroughly to ensure even coverage.

  4. 4

    Use a rag to apply the white wash stain. Depending on how big your piece of furniture is, you may have to stain it in sections. The white wash should not stay on your piece of furniture for longer than three minutes.

  5. 5

    Wipe the white wash away when it is still wet. Wipe with the grain.

  6. 6

    Repeat until entire area is covered.

  7. 7

    Blend any uneven areas of stain by reapplying stain to uneven areas and blending.

  8. 8

    Apply a second coat if you wish to intensify the colour of the stain.

  9. 9

    Allow the stain to dry for at least three hours before applying a clear finish.

Tips and warnings

  • When applying the stain, work in a well ventilated area.
  • Wear rubber gloves when applying the stain to protect your hands.

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