I Whitewashed Her..
(.. & Now She’s a Beaut!)
I picked her up.
And when I say her, I am not referring to a lady, but to a piece of furniture. This dresser was just stunning, with the right amount of curves and a soft feminine touch that made me look twice, three times, and even four. I kept saying no and moving on. My recent focus has been on smaller pieces since the larger ones are so tough to schlep. But I could not stop thinking about her beauty. She was just too gorgeous of a dresser to pass up. So I made a call to her owners and they threw in delivery.
Here is the beauty after I went to work on her, whitewashing my way through:
I went to work on this piece with the intent to lighten it up and bring it some freshness. I have a can of a light gray paint that I love using because it breathes elegance into older pieces. So out this paint can came. Instead of spreading on thick layers of light gray paint, I went instead with a whitewash treatment, in which paint is thinned out using water and therefore has a much thinner consistency that I could then sand. I purposely varied the amount of distressing on the drawers and body of the piece because I felt the inconsistency added to its charm and made it look a bit more natural.
Want to learn how to whitewash?
Here are some tutorials on how to whitewash in case anyone is interested in adopting this method for their own DIY furniture pieces:
Design Sponge discusses and shows her whitewashing technique using latex paint here.
Achieving this look by using a glaze and drybrushing can be found here, in a blog entry by Bungalow Blue Interiors.
Whitewash photos and ideas for adding this beautiful painting method into your home can be found here, in a blog post by Decoist.
This whitewashed dresser project definitely left me pleased. I am looking forward to seeing whether people love it as much in person and I can successfully sell it to a happy customer! We shall see. In the meantime, here is a final look at my dresser, posing for my instagram shot: