For This month’s project I decided to gray wash
This was and adventure, a learning experience, a headache & a joy! I goofed up big time, but learned so much and in the end it was so worth it!
Another month of Thrifted and Re-lifted! It is such an honor to be doing this blog hop. At the end of my post you can head on over to the other blogs for some more inspiration!
I love Restoration Hardware. The closest one to me is an our away in Boston. Whenever we go, we of course go to Newbury Street and I always make time to visit RH! I literally just walk around in awe, dreaming about buying pretty much everything in there.
Unfortunately their furniture isn’t in our budget right now, so I had to get creative with what I had.
I found this beauty on the side of the road…FOR FREE!!! As often happens on long car rides with my husband, we literally stop in our car tracks for vintage and free finds.
The day we found this table we also found a dirty old fabric chair that I painted. I wrote about that too.
I looked for a tutorial on a gray washed furniture and I found one that I loved, loved, loved. It is from my friend Bre over at her beautiful blog, Rooms for Rent.
The problem was I should not have let my first stain dry completely, as the tutorial says, perhaps because I had a different wood, I should have stained it and then wiped it off right, but I let it dry and it looked like this:
It is pretty, but for what I was going for, this unfortunately was an epic fail. So I had to sand it all over again.
~Rust-Oleum wood stain ( I chose driftwood)
~Minimax penetrating stain ( I chose special walnut, but next time I would definitely go with something lighter)
~A sanding block ( I used this between coats to lightly sand)
~A power sander ( we just bought one off of Craigslist for $40, we also have a regular power hand sander that would’ve done the trick too, but if you have a more powerful one it makes sanding fun and not such of a chore)
- Sand away!
My handy man husband did the first sanding job for me and it took him about 4 minutes to do the table! If you have refinished furniture before you know that is quite a feat!
2. I went over it with my sanding block to make sure it was nice and smooth. then I washed the table with soap and water after it dried,
3. I added the first stain. Make sure you wipe it off as soon as you put it on!
4. Add the Rust-oleam stain now
Here is my daughter helping me.
Annika came on to the porch and said, “oh, no mom you are still working on that table, do you want any help?” After having to start all over with the sanding , I gladly put her to work 😉
When it first goes on it almost looks like gray paint, but it is amazing how the wood just soaks it up!
It was super humid outside so I actually let it dry overnight.
oh, this gorgeous cherry bread board is from Board and Spoon, they are an incredible company and I love what they stand for. Visit the site and check out their about page.
I think I am now in love with gray wash! I think I may try to gray wash my dining room table next!
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