How to Create a Bleached Look

Bleached wood is everywhere right now. The pale, beachy wood is so trendy! I love the look, but not the hard work that’s involved with creating a actual bleached wood surface. Or having to sand down to the bare wood surface.

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How To:

Step One:

Since Virginia is hot as heck in the summer, a lot of my projects are completed inside my front hallway. This is why I love Dixie Belle paints!

They have zero smell, no VOC’s and I can paint inside! This sweet little washstand was easy to move and small enough to paint in my front hall. I brought it inside and came up with a plan.

First things first, “proper prep” aka proper preparation, is essential to creating a amazing paint finish. I used White Lightning to clean my surface.

Even if you don’t want to do much before you paint, you most definitely have to clean well. Oil and residual dirt can cause strange bleed through and adherence issues.

Step Two:

I wanted a calm blue base. My favorite color of blue is Vintage Duck Egg by Dixie Belle. I covered the base with two even coats of blue.

After the first coat was dry I used a couple of different brushes to apply Gravel Road and highlight with Birchwood. Birchwood is a limited release color from the Flea Market Decor line of paints.

The darker Gravel Road was used in the crevices to give it some aged color. Use a separate brush and blend with a misting bottle to keep the paint moveable.

Step Three:

I then used the same paints to hand paint a design on the front panel. Hand painting a simple design is a easy way to dress up a piece and add some whimsical folk art feel to the washstand.

Step Four:

Next, I was ready to work on the top of the washstand.

I used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in White. I applied the white wax in small areas to rub it into the wood.

I wanted to highlight the small holes and marks. I took a clean t-shirt like cloth and wiped back the wax in the direction of the wood grain.

It looks very similar to bleached wood. No mess no fuss. Since it is wax, no need to seal the surface. I buffed well, the surface came up very smooth and shiny.

Step Five:

After using Best Dang Wax in Clear on the base of the washstand, I added some Warm Gold Gilding Wax on the edges and corners of the base.

Overall the look of this washstand was beachy and cool. It’s a great size for a end table, hall table or coffee bar.

Check out this video!

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