9.24.2010

Pie Safe {reinvented}

I got to work on this fun pie safe this week...



My client asked for a whitewash treatment to coordinate with some of the existing furniture in her home. I had played around with dry brushing before on this piece, but I had never actually done an entire piece in whitewash before. So I researched and, through some trial and error, reached a pretty easy and fun process.
It went something like this:
1. Sand the entire piece to the bare wood
2. Wipe off the dust
3. Dilute paint with paint thinner--about a 1 part thinner to 4 parts paint ratio
4. Brush on paint, pretty solidly (is that a real term?), with the grain of the wood
5. Wipe off with a wet rag (this is the hardest part of the process. I had to make sure to wipe in pretty, straight lines without any goopy or messy areas. It would dry and show every little swipe mark!)
6. Let dry
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until the desired color is reached (this was 3 coats for me)
8. Distress
9. Wipe off dust
10. Seal with a coat of Polyacrylic.
Tadaaaah!

16 comments:

  1. It is gorgeous! I have wondered how to accomplish that finish! Thanks :)

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  2. Awesome looking makeover! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. Question: was the wood scratchy and hard after you sanded it to bare wood?? I notice if I sand way down it is too scratchy and not smooth to the touch. What has helped you?? you can answer that question here or ericadpeterson@gmail.com

    THANKS!

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  4. It turned out beautifully! I love white furniture!

    Blessings
    Shanna
    www.revampedfrenchmaison.com

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  5. Love. I'm going to try this with a piece I have upstairs. I like the wood grain showing thru. Very pretty!

    Glad you could Mi4M!

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  6. GORgous! Thanks for the detailed tutorial...I always love that :) This is a finish I have done before, but I'm going to look around and see what I can do this on. So airy and earthy.

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  7. That turned out great! I would love if you linked it to my linky party!
    http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2010/09/your-so-very-creative-linky-party.html

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  8. Nicely done! Your finish is perfect. You will really enjoy this piece.

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  9. It turned out really well. New techniques are always a little intimidating.

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  10. Wow, it looks great! You did a perfect job! Thanks for the info.
    Nancy

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  11. I love it, and thanks for the instructions!

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