To create this finish, paint your piece in a medium to dark gray. Apply a good coat of gray being sure to completely cover everything. I typically apply two thin coats so I don’t miss anything. Check out our large selection of colors here.
For the white washing, use any shade of white. I personally don’t use the super bright whites or whites that are too yellow for this application but you can use whatever you like to compliment your base color.
Water a little white paint down until it’s the consistency of milk. I also pour a blob of paint onto a plate and use this in conjunction with the other. It’s important to use a wide whispy dry-brushing brush for this application so you get random coverage otherwise you’ll completely cover the other color.
Dip brush into thinned paint and dab off on paper towel. Make LONG, strokes in the direction of the grain. While still wet, lightly dip the very tips of the bristles into the paint blob on the paint and dab so it’s not globby and thick anywhere. Again, do very long strokes all the way across the piece of furniture without lifting if possible. You’ll achieve much better results if there is hardly any paint on the brush. It’s a lot easier to add more than it is to apply it to thick and then have to wipe some off.
I recommend messing around with this on a scrap piece until you get the hang of it. I basically do this same technique for white wash, weathered wood and liming.
Create the look of Weathered Wood
Give a piece a faux lime wash
I layered a medium gray over a slate color before adding the white. I love how it looks when you use three colors.
Create a Faux Zinc like to make your pieces resemble those pieces you love in
Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. This is requires several steps with dry time in between but I love the results. If you’re interested in how to do this, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial.
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A friend recently asked me to come over and grab some of the stuff they were clearing out of their garage. I only planned on grabbing one lingerie chest but, as usual, she started packing other things in my van including two end tables. On my way out, I noticed an old bookcase and an idea popped into my mind. I took it home and quickly got to work.
This old bookcase came out of an elementary school and was very solid. It was pretty rough to the touch so I ended up doing a lot of sanding with my mouse sander to smooth things out.
While most people would see it as a horizontal bookcase, I saw a cool locker for somebody’s mudroom. After everything was sanded, I flipped it on it’s back and marked four spots to screw in the new feet.
I glued and screwed them into place. I wasn’t able to clamp the back two feet so I taped those into place and let them set up overnight.
I did a little more fine sanding by hand to smooth out the rough edges then gave everything two coats of our chalk and clay paints.
I added three vintage coat hooks to my new lockers to complete the farmhouse look then found a scrap piece of wood to make the shelf.
I am not the most patient person so accuracy is not my strong point. Instead of making a bunch of measurements, I simply laid the board up against the lockers and marked the inside and outside edges of each locker. Using a square and my miter saw, I made as many cuts as I could then used a chisel to chip out the 1″ pieces at the ends. I glued supports underneath and secured everything into place.
I’m pretty geeked that it turned out as I had envisioned. I brought it to Not So shabby where it sold before I could get many more pictures.
I’d love to know where it ended up. It’s not often than I actually create something like this and I’d love to make more of these.
Here are some other items available at our Not So Shabby location, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424 (East of US31, South of Riley).
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I have a crush on antique highboys. Seriously, I’m drawn to them; they like suck me in and say “buy me, buyyyyyy me”.. So when I stumbled upon this one recently at Changing Thymes, it wanted to go home with me. It’s not that I wanted it, I needed it.
Changing Thymes on Wilson is one of the locations where I sell my paint and when I go in to stock my inventory, I usually go out the door with something else from another vendor.
Save 10% on all regularly priced merchandise in our Changing Thymes-Wilson booth this Friday & Saturday, April 20-21
Changing Thymes-Wilson Location Only
You can still get great buys at Not So Shabby and Online because there are still a lot of other quarts and sample pots of paints already on clearance and that sale will continue as long as supplies last. To get those deals, shop online HERE or at either West Michigan location including Changing Thymes at 2900 Wilson Avenue, Grandville, MI 49418 and Not So Shabby, 2975 West Shore Drive, Holland, MI 49424. Sale items online and in stores are priced as marked. On Friday and Saturday though, I believe this is the sale where they take 10% off even sale items. If not this one, then it’s next month but you’ll at least get 10% off everything April 20-21 at our Changing Thymes location.
For most of us, Easter Sunday represents a day of new beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate. This year strikes another cord for our family; it’s not only Biblical renewal, it’s a year of many firsts because, for us, last year was a year of many lasts. Continue reading “Somewhere over the Rainbow Skies are Blue”
If I’ve inspired you in any way over the years, please return the favor by SHARING my pinned post on my BUSINESS ShizzleLLC Facebook Page, Sunday, April 1st. In order for it to count, the SHARE has to happen from my pinned post ON April 1st. Comments and Likes would be greatly appreciated as well but it’s the Number of SHARES on that pinned post that will be counted for this challenge. Please note, the picture in THIS blog post IS NOT the picture that needs to be shared. I will be adding the post that needs sharing ON APRIL FIRST which I will only have 24 hours to get as many shares as possible.
Thanks in advance for your support in this challenge. It should be good fun!
Vintage Vanity Post Updated 3-29-18: Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from someone who’d like to know if we’re interested in a piece of furniture. This happened a while back and I was super excited when I saw the pictures of a charming vintage vanity. To read all about this transformation click here Continue reading “Update on a Vintage Vanity Makeover”
I painted this on a whim so I forgot to take a “before” but it was pretty worn and weathered when when I got it.
It only took me a few minutes actually working on it to transform it into something totally different. I had to let it dry between the three layers but the actual paint time was a jiffy. Learn how easy it is to do this type of finish by clicking on the READ MORE below: