Warning, every piece of furniture we find at the side of the road can not be turned into RH style. Stick to the classics, reproduction pieces with good design and construction.
Using Chalk Paint® there are three different ways to get the look, today we will cover two methods. The wash effect and a two color rubbed wash. The condition of the furniture and the type of wood will dictate which finish you use.
Color Wash on raw wood
The easiest way to get the look is a wash. This simple technique is just watered down Chalk Paint® brushed and rubbed in so the grain of the wood grain shines thorough. This technique works best on raw wood with a large grain such as oak or pine. All of our colors look good as a wash.
To achieve the wash:
- Dip the tip of your brush in water
- Dip brush in a small amount of paint
- Paint on the wood with the grain, covering logical sections, i.e. do the entire bottom first, then the legs, or drawers and finish with the top. If doing a dresser I like to leave the drawers in so I can see if they are coming out consistent.
- Wait until it is slightly dry and rub with a VERY damp cloth
- Repeat from step one until finished.
If you think you rubbed too much off, add more water and paint to your brush. Keep using layers until you get the color you like. Remember, want the grain to show through. For more tips on washes set my post on white washing pine floors.
Once you have washed the surface, you can wax with Clear Wax, and then sand to even out any color. Finish with fine 400-600 grit sand paper and another coat of Clear Wax.
Big tip here, don’t obsess about getting the color even. If you can just do the same thing over and over when you stand back it should be fine.
Now here is the quandary, how many times do you find furniture in a good price range, with the right style, without a strong existing finish? You most likely will be bumping into an antique that you can’t or won’t paint. For the rest of the furniture we find that already has paint or varnish, a two color wash is the better alternative.
Two color rubbed wash
For this oak design board I have a wash sample and then base coats of Paris Grey, Old White and French Linen. After the two coats had dried, I washed each with the contrasting colors. I used the same steps as for a simple wash, and finished with 400 grit paper and Clear Wax. My simple RH Style Board has:
Two coats of Old White first, then a rubbed Paris Grey wash over,
French Linen undercoat, rubbed Old White
Paris Grey undercoat, rubbed Old White
Paris Grey undercoat, rubbed French Linen
Next week we will cover another Chalk Paint® technique, and other fun ideas.
Until next time, this board is a wax resist. How yummy is that?? Stay tuned!