Hey everyone it’s Denise from Salvaged Inspirations, learn how to do a Revamp with Whitewash Paint. This is SUPER easy to do (no staining required!) and I promise you’re going to be shocked at how amazing this simple finish looks!

How To Whitewash Wood With Paint PIN

Materials Used:

Step 1: Prep|Clean

To get a good paint wash finish, I needed to start with a good cleaning. When I see mold on wood, extra attention needs to be taken to remove it. I removed the mold and mildew by cleaning this piece with Dixie Belle White Lightning. Once the table was clean and dry, I started to remove the old finish. Once I had about 90% of the finish scraped off, I used my sander to finish it off.

Cleaning Mold Off Wood Table

Step 2: Whitewashing

Okay, here’s the fun part! Whitewashing wood is super easy and costs MUCH less than buying stain. I suggest mixing a 1:1 ratio of water and paint meaning 50% paint into 50% water. This is a great place to start. I prefer using an off-white so I made my paint wash using 1/4 cup Drop Cloth Chalk Mineral Paint and 1/4 cup room temperature water. To apply the paint wash, I used a 2″ synthetic brush. I dipped the brush into the wash and painted the table in sections applying the wash in the same direction as the grain. I worked in smaller sections because it’s important to keep the paint WET. While the paint wash was still wet, I used a towel to wipe off the excess.

Mixing Paint Wash for Wood

Step 3: Priming and painting the Base

I primed the BACK of this table top with BOSS Primer. This will ensure no mold grows back and it smells fresh! Once the primer was dry, I painted a coat of Anchor Black to match the pedestal base. To give this piece a modern look and create some contrast, I restyled the pedestal base in this Anchor Black Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint.

Here are the steps!

  1. Clean with White Lightning
  2. Prime with Slick Stick 
  3. Light sanding before paint
  4. Remove dust with a Tack Cloth
  5. Paint 2 coats of Anchor Silk All In One Mineral Paint

Painting Table Pedestal Base

Step 4: Topcoat

To protect and finish the tabletop I used my favorite topcoat – Gator Hide! I used this on my dining room table 2 years ago and it still looks amazing and is holding up beautifully. It’s super durable. Easy to clean. And not only water resistant (like most topcoats) but actually water repellant. I sprayed three coats sanding very lightly between the first and second coats. No need to sand the last coat. Here’s a little trick to keep your whitewash looking white. Add a very small amount of the leftover wash into your topcoat. I added 10% wash to 90% Gator Hide.

Gator Hide Topcoat For Whitewashed Table

And here’s the finished look!

Pedestal Dining Table Makeover
To learn more about how to do a Revamp with Whitewash Paint, head over to Salvaged Inspirations.
Revamp with Whitewash Paint

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Dixie Belle Paint Company provides a line of chalk mineral paint that is high quality, easy to use, and most importantly priced so every DIYer can create and discover the joy of painting.

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