softwood & hardwood boards Step 1: Choose the Wood ” Step 2: Rough Up the Wood ” Step 3: Stab and Scour the Wood ” Step 4: Scrub the Surface with a Wire Brush ” Step 5: Sand Down the Sharp Edges ” Step 6: Create a Vinegar Treatment ” Step 7: Apply the Treatment to the Wood ” Step 8: Apply a Coat of Light Paint ”
Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area. Sand and Clean the Piece. Sand the surface of the piece. Paint the Piece. Apply Wax and Top Layer of Paint (Optional) Distress the Piece with Sandpaper and Steel Wool. Apply a Stain (Optional) Protect the Finished Piece with Polyurethane.
The answer is no, you cannot whitewash over a pre-existing finish as the original stain or finish will create a barrier, and the whitewash will not be able to penetrate to the wood .
How to get a Rustic Finish on New Wood in 4 steps Stain Your Wood . I use a water based stain by Saman, in Dark Walnut. Brush on some crackle coat. (some like to use Elmers Glue for this but I prefer a real crackle coat, I find I have more control). Paint board with white paint. Sand, sand, sand. Seal and Finish the Wood .
Yes you can distress furniture paint with regular flat latex paint . It’s a budget friendly alternative. A flat latex paint is easy to sand and you can use my vinegar and water distressing technique . You can layer two colors, and create lots of the looks if you use flat latex paint .
When you distress your furniture after you apply your initial coat of wax , you don’t want to wait a day or two to do so. You will have an easier time of it if you distress immediately after you paint and wax … before the paint has had a chance to thoroughly dry and begin its curing process.
Make The White Paint Look Old To age the white paint I used Caromal Colours Toner. This is one of my favorite DIY products. The process to make any paint color look old is as simple as brushing the toner onto the paint and then wiping it off with a damp rag until you get the desired effect . Easy as pie.