From Trash To Treasure
Whitewashed furniture is one of my favorite painting techniques to do. I love the coastal vibes and how it adds character to the piece. Finding pieces in the trash is an added bonus. When I can combine both it makes my heart happy. Have you ever found a curbside find in the trash? Me I call it to curb shopping, I find saying it that is nicer than saying” Trash picking”. If so would love to see what in the comments below.
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- Dixie Belle Paint Company Dusty Blue
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Cotton
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Satin Clear Coat
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Blue Sponge
- Dixie Belle Paint Company Clear Wax
- Dap Wood Putty
- 3 inch Chip Brush
- Glue Gun
- Knobs of your choice
- Dixie Belle Mini Paint Brush
- Gorilla Glue Sticks
- Lint Free Cloth
- Silicone mold
While driving to the grocery store, I see a beautiful French Provencal nightstand sitting on the curb waiting to be picked up for trash. Knowing I could make it loved and beautiful again I quickly turned on my signal to get in the other lane and go around the block. My eyes widen, my heart was racing with excitement in hopes it would still b there when I got back. Yes, I get excited over the little things in life.
It was still there, Turning on my flashers I jump out of the car. To my surprise and delight, it was. I was very surprised at its condition, someone totally stripped this piece to raw wood. Leaving a gorgeous wood finish I wanted to check out a few more things making sure there were no unpleasant odors such as smoke mold or mothballs. Being a furniture painter I know from experience that this can make or break a piece. Some smells you can remove some you cannot. Everything checked out fine. Even the drawers were in great shape. Feeling very lucky and blessed I carried to my van gladly, feeling like I was stealing this trash and soon to be treasure piece, placing it in the back of my van.
Oh, The Possibilities
I did the grocery shopping in record time that day. Thinking of all the possibilities of different finishes for this gem, I couldn’t wait to get home and unload her. Yep, she was a diamond in the ruff now It was up to me to make her shine once again. I hurried to offload and put away groceries as fast as I could. My attention was on her to get a better look and come up with a game plan. I quickly made space for her and took a better look. Excited that Dixie Belle Paint Company came out with a new color called, Dusty Blue. I was looking forward to using it and was a perfect color for this piece. It was the perfect blue/grey. Now I had the color I wanted something more, something that would make her stand out. Something that would dress her up a bit. I had glue gun molds leftover from an earlier project, but would I have enough? I could easily make more if I needed to. Now all I had to do was minor repairs. All she needed was a good clean up and some minor putty work. She had a few scratches on top that needed some putty. That would have to dry overnight, luckily on her drawer fronts, they didn’t need any repairs they were perfect.
Creativity Comes Together
While waiting on the putty to dry I got my glue gun molds out. I wanted the perfect design for her drawer fronts. I knew these would add character and charm giving her the beautiful new dress she so desperately needed. Luckily I had more than enough left over to create something special and wonderful for this gracious lady. Wanting to create a beautiful design with the molds placing them in different patterns until creating a design I truly loved. The design brought out her character nicely. Being creative is one of the things I love, to create one of a kind pieces. I heated up my glue gun and happily glued the molds in place. I have found that the best glue sticks to use are Gorilla Glue sticks they seem to make the molds hold more securely. Making sure they were secure and not coming easily. She was starting to change before my eyes. I knew she had great bones to start but she was turning into the treasure I knew she could be. She’d certainly be loved and cherished once more. I was excited to start painting but I wanted the molds to dry thoroughly, so I allowed her to dry overnight.
Perfect Color Choice
Early the next morning I couldn’t wait to get her painted. I applied the first coat of Dusty Blue as thinly and evenly as possible, I call this a scratch coat. It isn’t pretty but it gets better with the second coat. I anxiously waited for this to dry for about an hour before I apply the second coat. The second coat made a big difference, giving her the beautiful facelift she needed. Allowing her to dry completely for about an hour once again. Knowing not to rush this step from past experience, it’s best to let dry completely in order to get a great result in the end. I wanted a coastal, french country look so a whitewash was a good choice for this lovely piece. I figured it would help enhance the molds and give it that delicate coastal feel.
White Wash Furniture and Fabulous
Making a whitewashed mixture is easier thank you think. It’s a fifty/fifty ratio. The color I used was Dixie Belle Paint Company called Cotton. It is the whitest of white. Fifty percent of water to fifty percent of paint. It’s thin but you want it that way, you also want to make sure it is mixed thoroughly. When applying I use a chip brush, they are inexpensive and do the job nicely. You want to apply the whitewash in small areas, not all over the entire piece at once. Being thin it dries quickly. But if this happens you can spray water and wipe off easily. The brush I used was a three-inch chip brush, it helps get into all the nooks and crannies. Applying the whitewash slightly thicker in and around the areas of the mold allows it to settle in all the details. Then using a lint-free cloth I wiped the excess off, allowing the whitewash to set in the details nicely. Repeating this process in small sections until I was satisfied with the results. I stood back and was happy with the results I was getting with the whitewash. It was definitely looking a lot better than I found her. I was so happy I rescued this treasure. The whitewash gave her a beautiful, delicate coastal feel I was going for. Completely happy I allowed her to dry overnight before getting her sealed.
The next morning I was excited to get her finished. She was now ready to be sealed, I used Dixie Belle Paint Company Satin Clear Coat. I applied with a blue sponge from Dixie Belle. Satin Topcoat is my go-to because it has the perfect sheen, not too shiny, not to flat somewhere in between. I applied three coats allowing each coat to dry before applying the next, drying time between coats is about an hour. I applied Dixie Belle Paint Company Clear wax next. Applying with a wax brush you just dip slightly and apply to areas where needed. Allowing to dry for about fifteen minutes before buffing with a lint-free cloth. I was almost there. Next came the hardware, her jewels to finish her off. I chose three beautiful updated knobs they worked perfectly to give her the french country, coastal look I was going for. Standing back looking at her I was so happy that this diamond in the ruff, my trashed to treasure piece finally came together. She was all I could dream of and more. My love for whitewashed furniture clearly made this piece more spectacular.