HOW TO CREATE A GREY WASH WOOD FINISH USING PAINT — NO STAIN REQUIRED! | VIDEO
Hi, sweet #sifamily! Today my talented Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are sharing our favorite makeovers, tips, and DIY projects from this past year. If you’re new here, every month, 4 talented bloggers join together to share their furniture makeovers. I’m linking to my FFU Crew at the bottom of this post. I can’t wait to see what they’re featuring for our last FFU!
I’m highlighting YOUR favorite FFU makeover of 2020. It has close to 80K shares on Pinterest and I still get emails and DM’s commenting about this Grey Wash Wood Finish.
Here’s the vintage cabinet at my local Restore. She was looking sad begging me to take her home.
Here’s how she looks after the grey wash. Big difference, right?!
The best part, this finish can be done with two colors of paint — NO stain required!
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Before I started painting, I prepped the cabinet with a good cleaning and a few repairs. Sewing cabinets have a flip-top to access the sewing machine but since I didn’t want this for sewing anymore, I screwed the top down from below. New clips were added for easy opening and closing.
After I painted the first coat I filled the holes for the power cords with Bondo and then sanded everything smooth. I have no idea why I painted first. That said, you can use Bondo over primer or paint.
HERE’S A SHORT VIDEO OF THIS WASH TECHNIQUE IN ACTION
If you have any issues viewing – you can check it out here on my Youtube Channel
This finish works best if your piece has some wood grain/texture. This oak sewing cabinet was perfect!
STEP 1 – PAINT BASE COAT
For my base, I painted two coats of this French Linen which is a mix of gray and brown or a very light taupe.
STEP 2 – ADD SOME DEPTH
To add some depth and texture, I paint all the wood detailing in Coffee Bean. As you can see I wasn’t overly neat about it. Once another layer of French Linen was applied, it cleaned up any ‘overspill’.
STEP 3 – DRY BRUSH FRENCH LINEN
To soften the details, I dry brushed French Linen over the Coffee Bean and added another solid layer on the top and sides.
STEP 4 – APPLY A WASH
After step 3 dried, I applied a Coffee Bean wash. To do this, I dipped my brush in water and then dipped it into the paint. Working on one side at a time, I brushed on the watered-down paint. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I left it heavier in some areas, lighter in others making sure the wash covered the entire side and got into all the crevices and details.
Tip~ This is where you control how light or dark you’d like your greige wood finish. For a lighter look use more water in your wash. For a darker look use more paint in your wash. If you find your wash is not dark enough after it has dried, repeat with another layer of wash.
STEP 5 – REMOVE EXCESS WASH
To create more texture, I immediately started dabbing at the wash with a paper towel. I find it works best if I alternate the pattern and move my hand in a different direction. A little dabbing and smoothing to create the look you like.
STEP 6 – SAND + TOPCOAT
Once 100% dry, I sanded with a 320 grit and removed any dust before spraying two coats of this Satin Clear Coat for a perfect finish.
The satin topcoat is super durable and gives a really subtle sheen.
There’s a slight gap between the top and body that gives the impression that it opens, but it’s secured. I also painted the inside with Coffee Bean to finish the look.
I love these details and this finish! In fact, I was hoping to find a place for it in my home but finally listed it for sale last month. I’m happy to say it sold within an hour of posting and went to the perfect home. She’s absolutely thrilled with her new piece which makes me SO happy.
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends are sharing their favorite furniture tips and makeovers today too!
Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and how they did it! I’ll meet you there! 😉
6. Salvaged Inspirations (I’m so happy you’re here!)
Here’s one last look at the before and after…
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS GREY WASH WOOD FINISH … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
I’m signing off and unplugging for the holidays. I’ll be back in January with weekly inspiring furniture flips and creative tutorials!
I want to end this year by saying THANK YOU! You have no idea how much your support means to me. Especially this year. I’m super blessed to work online/from home, but there were times the isolation (multiplied by Covid) was challenging… as it’s been for all of us. Painting furniture and sharing with you has kept me sane and motivated… and for that, I’m so grateful.
Wishing you a beautiful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. See you in 2021!
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