A STEP BY STEP HOW TO WHITEWASH WOOD WITH STAIN | CURB-SHOPPED PLANT STAND MAKEOVER
Hi friends! I have the cutest curb-shopped makeover for you today! It’s also one of my favorite days of the month. I’m joining my Furniture Fixer Upper Crew for some amazing before and afters!
So here we go…
My sister found two matching plant stands while walking her dog last week. One was cracked and wobbly (a project for another week) but this one’s solid. This stand is super cute but I wasn’t happy with the deep orange stain and thick topcoat.
Nothing a clean white washed wood finish can’t fix though!
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WHITE WASHED WOOD W STAIN
STEP #1:: Clean and Strip
After a good cleaning, I stripped the old finish off with Citristrip. I love this stripping gel because I can actually use it indoors (with good ventilation) without fumes burning my nostrils.
STEP #2:: Sand and Remove Dust
After the old finish was all stripped off, I gave it a good sanding to prep it for the white wood stain.
Before applying the stain I used this tack cloth to pick up any remaining dust particles. This might sound odd but I don’t like the feel of tack cloths.
Anyone else feel this way or is it just me?
They always leave a weird film on my work gloves or hands. So I came up with a solution. I store them in plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. When wiping, I unwrap one side and keep the plastic wrap on the other so my gloves or hands don’t stick to them.
STEP #3:: White Wash with White Stain
This water-based stain can be thinned with a little water to create a light wash or used full strength.
I created a short demo video sharing how to apply this Voodoo Stain here.
STEP #4:: Stencil
I used this stencil and DB Fluff to add a mandala design to the top of this piece. A good stenciling brush (similar) really makes the job much cleaner and easier as well.
STEP #5:: Topcoat
I’ll be using this for plants (real and faux) so I sealed the top with Gator Hide which is waterproof just in case I overwater the real ones. hehe
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! Our friend Christy at Confessions Of A Serial DIYer will be back to join us next month. She has a brand new web design in the works and I can’t wait to see!
3. Salvaged Inspirations (you’re here!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS WHITE WASHED WOOD PLANT STAND… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
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Georgia Perkins says
Thanks so much for sharing your work! I can do it, I just can’t THINK of it. We need people like you to show us the way.
Thanks Georgia, that’s so sweet of you to say. 🙂 And I believe creativity is like a muscle. Just like anything else, the more you use it, the easier it gets. That said, I still get stumped a lot of the time…lol.
Thank you, Phyllis! 🙂
Jackie C Cooley says
Always inspired by your “inspirations”! Love the white-wash with the white stenciling!
Thanks, my friend! xo
Marcia A Banach says
Love the improved plant stand! I feel exactly the same as you about tack cloths and handle them very similarly. 😉
Thanks Marcia! And glad I’m not the only one who thinks these tack clothes feel funky…lol. Have a super day! x
Wow I love it ! it’s so cute and modern everyone would love it. thanks for sharing.
thanks Julie! I think I’m going to keep it… I like it exactly where it is! 😉
Hi Denise. I’m loving this sweet little plant stand! You updated it beautifully. I especially like the boho vibe you have it. Quick question…does the Voodoo Gel Stain prevent bleedthrough? Thanks.
Thanks Monique! And no it doesn’t. If you’re working with a wood that tends to bleed through but you want this raw white washed wood finish, it would be best to seal with something like BOSS stain blocker in CLEAR, and then do a whitewash with white paint. 🙂
Christy James says
Gorgeous!!! My sister and I are going to use the white magic on her kitchen island. I hope it comes out as beautiful as this did!! Always inspiring! XOXO
With you helping your sister, it’s going to be stunning! XOXO
Dot Barbay says
My son made this table in wood shop in school.
He still has it.,,,,He’s 60 y/o,,,haha
Enjoy your post.
Hi Dot!! 🙂 That’s so sweet that he’s kept it all these years. And a great testament to how durable and long-lasting ‘real wood’ furniture really is!!
Jackie B says
That turned out amazingly! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Jackie! Happy Thanksgiving to you! XO
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Fantastic save and even better transformation 😍😍
Thanks, my friend. Free always tickles my fancy. hehe
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
This turned out so pretty Denise! I love how our projects were both whitewashed but we used totally different methods to get there! xo Jen
Thanks Jen! Love your bookshelf makeover too!
Really enjoy seeing your beautiful redo’s, especially the chests with stencils and overlays used together. And the mirrors are pure majic.
Like this plant stand with stencil….did you consider maybe stenciling around the metal screws and/or gluing on old white buttons to cover metal screw? I save all your posts!
Thanks Jane! And funny that you mention the screws. While I was working on it, I was going to use some gilding wax (in silver or brass) to revive them a little. Then totally forgot…lol.
Lizzy Leff says
It’s beautiful. Such an amazing current update to a once-ugly old piece. (Btw, I hate the feeling of tack cloth, too!)
Oh good… it’s not just me then! I wasn’t even sure if I should add that bit into the post because I thought people might find it weird…lol 😉
kandice kullmann says
Who knew a plant stand could look so pretty! This is beautiful!
thanks my friend! And the best part – FREEEEE!
Such a pretty makeover – the whitewashed finish is perfect and love the stenciled top. The plant stand has a lovely boho vibe now. I can’t wait to see what you do with its twin. I have that stencil and haven’t used it yet – so pretty.
Thanks Marie! I’ve gotten a good few uses out of this stencil already. I LOVE it! 🙂
Do Dodson says
Beautiful! Love the elegance of the whitewash. xo, Do 🙂
thanks DO!! XOXO When in doubt, whitewash..lol.
You create the cutest things, such a keeper now. Good tip on the tack cloth. I too hate touching tack cloths, so I keep one in a sandwich zip lock baggie along with a thin disposable glove, that way it doesn’t dry out & the glove is always there, then pop both back into the baggie. when done.
Yesssss! I can’t even stand the feel of it on my gloves. They stick so weirdly after. Sandwich bag or plastic wrap really works for keeping them like new though. I get a lot of uses out of one tack cloth when I do it this way. 🙂
Cecilia from Georgia says
Denise, you make it look so easy to do each step! I hate to strip anything! I haven’t tried Citristrip so will watch your video to see I how to use it. Love the whitewash and stencil.
Thanks Cecilia! And it took me a while to try CitriStrip but once I did, I haven’t bought anything else. I think you’d like it. 🙂
It’ adorable, Denise. The white wash was the perfect 👌🏾 fit for it and the stencil topped it off. ❤️❤️
thank you Shirley! 🙂
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Denise! So cute. I love the look of white washed raw furniture. I’m ordering the stencil from your link.
Yes, i feel the same exact way about tack cloth. I thought it was just me so thank you for the helpful hint and thank you for sharing your inspiration with us. For some reason your posts are no longer coming to my email address. should i re-subscribe?
Your loyal fan 🙂
Thanks Cheryl! Could they possibly be going into your spam or junk? You might want to look there and change your preferences before resubscribing. 🙂 I know thats happened to me on a few blogs I subscribe too. And those tack clothes right! They do the BEST job ever at picking up all the dust but feel horrible! 😉
Barbara Kemp says
I looked at each post listed today. Such beautiful work and most quite simple to accomplish. Thanks so very much.
Thanks for visiting all the Furniture Fixer Uppers Barbara! Hugs
Judy Reed says
Hi Denise…..love the plant stand….you find the best stuff sitting on the curbs.
No, its not just you…. all this time I thought it was just me who didn’t like the feel of tack cloths.. Although I dont use one very often, I will certainly take your tip to heart…they are sorta yukky and gummy.
Hope you and your family have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs from Harrisburg PA
Yes! Yukky and gummy, that’s a good way of describing it Judy. Tracy has a super good tip too. Keep them in a ziplock back with a pair of gloves. They really do the best job so it’s worth the little extra effort imo. 🙂 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving Judy!! Hugs to you!
Has anyone tried on hickory I was told not to do anything to hickory as the grain is different?
I am not in love with our hickory kitchen cabinets. Look like oak to me. I tbought whit wash may make them look less oak.
Hmmm, good question! I haven’t whitewashed or even stained any hickory before so I couldn’t say. If anyone reading this comment has any experience with hickory, feel free to chime in! 🙂
Susie \ Chelsea Project says
Beautifully done! Love the stencil, too. Pinned..of course.
thanks so much, Suz! Hugs