Welcome back, sweet friends! Today I have a fantastic little desk makeover to share with you, and it is the perfect candidate to share how to whitewash furniture!
I’ll also be joined by some of my favorite furniture flippers since today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day! Be sure to be on the lookout for their projects at the bottom!
Our subject started out as this $20 thrift store find:
The top of this desk definitely had some issues:
That is an easy fix though and the look I wanted for this piece required the top to be sanded anyway. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Sanding the top
How to whitewash furniture
I decided on a whitewashed look for this desk, and my favorite base coat for this treatment requires this secret ingredient:
This is Dixie Belle’s Voodoo Gel Stain in the color, Up in Smoke. The Voodoo gel stains are a line of water-based stains, easy to apply and easy to clean up!
I gave it a good shake (Because this is a water-based stain, the mixture can separate, so always give it a good shake first.) and applied it with an applicator pad:
It can also be applied with a clean soft cloth. Just be sure to go in the direction of the wood. If I were only staining this and leaving it as is, I would have started with a wood conditioner first as it helps the wood to take the stain more evenly.
However, I planned to whitewash, so that was an unnecessary step here.
Next, I mixed together one part water and two parts Cotton:
I applied it to the table with a brush, working in sections.
Then I went back with a damp cotton rag and wiped it back off. I tried to work in straight lines across with the grain of the wood.
I added a bit more water to my rag to blend it in a bit more when I was done. You can keep adding paint or water until you get a look you like.
I shared this technique on a step stool in a video if you want to see it in action:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I did the drawer the same way and then painted the legs in the new Silk paint in the color Whitecap. (You can read all about the new Silk line in my last post. I also shared a comparison of the Silk and Chalk paint.) I sealed the top and the drawer with two coats of Gator Hide using the blue sponge.
The Big reveal
And here it is all completed. I paired it with one of my dining room chairs…
As you can see, I also added stripes to the drawer front:
I used the Silk in Whitecap for the stripes. It’s a nice, clean bright white. There is no need to seal the Silk, however, I did sand the drawer to smooth out the lines made from the tape, and so I did give it a coat of Gator Hide. See how I add stripes to furniture easily HERE.
Here it is without the chair…
I loved the starfish pull that was on there, so I kept that:
And here’s a closer look at the top:
For the drawer, I decided to try another Silk color, Harbor:
It’s a lovely serene blue!
This desk was a quick and easy makeover! I love quick and easy!
Don’t forget, my friends have three more makeovers for you today!
And that is another piece done from this huge haul!
My pile is definitely dwindling!
Catch up on any you may have missed so far here:
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this piano bench:
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: Head on over to this pretty makeover here now!
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