It is time for the last piece of the puzzle that is my side table. I have shared How to build your own DIY sidetable, I have shared my Custom made DIY Weathered Walnut stain and now today I am going to share with you how to get the White Wash Finish that I put on my table.
One of the great things about this finish is that it is so easy and quick to put together!
You only need two ingredients:
- Milk Paint – I used Milky White
- Clear wax.
You will also need:
- Wax Brush
- Spoon for mixing
- A mixing container – I used a mason jar so that I could save my unused white wash to use it for another project.
I have tried a few different chalk wax brand and Annie Sloan chalk wax is what I used for this finish. If you don’t have this wax on hand any type of solid finishing wax will work although I have not tried it with a different brand. So if you try it with a different brand of wax leave me a comment! I would love to hear how it turns out.
First you are going to want to put the wax into the mixing jar. For my white wash finish recipe I wanted a wax that was only slightly white so my finish is more wax then paint.
Using my plastic spoon as a measuring tool I did 4 parts wax to 1 part milk paint.
Then I mixed the wax and paint mixture with the spoon as best as I could. It had the consistency of pudding when I was done. The wax may look a little grainy, I think that comes from the milk paint. It doesn’t affect how the wax looks in the end.
Once I had finished mixing I used a brush and wiped the wax over the entire surface of my table. I took my time on the detailed areas of the legs and filled in any small holes or dents with the wax. The knots in the wood took really well to the white wash.
I almost didn’t want to put the white wash on after I used my custom Weathered Walnut stain on the table. I just love how the stain turned out, but I knew that it was going to be to dark for my over all look.
I am so happy that I did add the white wash finish because it not only lightened up the table for my Dining Room, but it made all the features of the wood stand out more.
The table looked so different during each process. You can see below where it is raw unfinished wood, stained with my DIY Weathered Walnut stain and then finished in the white wash finish.
You can see more of my Dining Room makeover here.
I just love the way the table turned out!
What do you think?
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