HOW TO CREATE A SIMPLE AND QUICK BLACK-WASH FINISH WHILE LEAVING SOME ORIGINAL STAIN PEEKING THROUGH.
Warning:: Some of you cherry wood stain lovers may prefer this before…
This is one of those questions I get asked ALL the time – How to paint over stain while leaving some of the original stain color showing through? — so I hope this painted nightstand makeover sparks some ideas. 🙂
Over the years I’ve used various ‘distressing tricks’ to reveal the stain but today I’m sharing one of my favorites. It’s easy, it’s quick, and the results are stunning!
It’s a simple BLACK-WASH… and today it’s Coffee Bean Style!
Here’s what I started with. It’s my part 2 of the bedroom set I splurged on last week. This set is not real cherry wood. It’s solid MDF covered in veneer but it’s simply gorgeous…. look at all this yummy detail!
Although I love all the curves and scrollies, personally, I’m not fond of this cherry stain – it’s just TOO red.
Here’s the updated AFTER with the Coffee-Bean Black Wash! What do you think?
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HOW TO BLACK WASH FURNITURE::
Black Washing is one of the easiest paint techniques and I find it’s effortless to control – there’s no right or wrong way to do this. I can leave as much or as little of the stain showing through depending on how thick I apply the wash and/or how many layers of wash I use.
The external flash on my DSLR needed new batteries and I had wet paint ready to wipe so I didn’t go upstairs to replace them but you can still clearly see the steps taken here.
Step #1:: Clean and Sand
Because this is a really slick surface, I did give this piece a light sanding with a 220 grit to create some ‘tooth’ for the paint to adhere to. Chalk/Mineral paints (including the Dixie Belle Coffee Bean I used on this piece) don’t require sanding because they stick well, but seeing as I sell my pieces I like taking the extra step on these types of shiny surfaces.
Step #2:: Apply Paint & Wipe Off
For these nightstands, I applied the paint full strength and then immediately wiped off the excess with a shop towel working in smaller areas so it’s still wet. I wipe it off the same way I wipe down my kitchen counter – nothing fancy!
Not a bad idea to wear gloves because it can get messy. 🙂
Step #3:: Spray And Soften
Once the excess paint has been wiped off, I give it a spay with my trusty water mister and smooth the paint out with a soft clean dry brush. I play with the paint until I like the effect.
Heavier black coverage ins some areas, and stain showing through in others. Here’s what it looked like after the first coat of wash.
Step #4:: Repeat
These painted nightstands took two (2) coats before I was happy with the look but you can manipulate the black wash to cover or expose as much of the stain as you like. Just keep playing until you like the look.
Step #5:: Topcoat
Here are a few close-ups….
I love the cherry stain peeking through this rich brown/black Coffee Bean!
I hope this helps when you decide to create a peek-a-boo effect on one of your stained pieces!
ARE YOU A FAN OF PAINTED FURNITURE WITH THE ORIGINAL STAIN PEEKING THROUGH? FEEL FREE TO CHIME OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!