Whitewash Archives - The Painted Drawer

Gray Wood Stain – Three Different Options

I am having a love affair with gray wood stain.

The Bassett Cabinet bottom piece was stained in Minwax Weathered Wood. The Beach Chic Dresser was stained in Varathane Sunbleached.  It’s creates a lighter coverage than the Minwax.
And, the Farmhouse Table was stained in a combo of General Finishes Walnut and Whitewash (3 parts Walnut to 1 part Whitewash).  I love this combo for a true rustic gray that allows the natural wood to show through.

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Country Grey Dresser and Stairway Update

Before I get to the Country Grey dresser, let me share my stairway update.  I whitewashed my stairs a few years ago (Lighter Steps – A Stairway Makeover) and added a stencil onto the stair risers.  They looked great and have worked well over the past few years.  However, the wash on the treads has been wearing off and they are more than overdue for another coat of wash.  I became tired of the old look and since I needed to re-whitewash them anyway, I decided to go with something new.  A brighter blue on the risers with a new stencil.

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Paint Over Wax? Yes or No?

Yesterday, I posted how I added my wash of creamy white (Old Ochre) after I had waxed my table in clear and dark waxes.Is it possible to paint over a waxed finish?  I know this is confusing and I think that yesterday I added to the confusion.  Sorry, guys!

My tip:  If you are re-painting a piece after you have applied a wax finish, it is best to first use a sanding sponge and go over the whole piece thoroughly.  Clean it off with a clean cloth and then apply your new coat of paint.  The new coat should adhere just fine because you will have sanded off enough wax for it to stick.

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