You might remember the antique pine benches I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago.
I really like the “rustic”ness of the benches but with our pine harvest table, pine chairs, pine china cabinet and hardwood floors there is a lot of wood going on in the dining room.
I lived with it for a couple of weeks and tried to figure out what to do with them. I decided on a simple whitewash.
The beauty of a whitewash is that it really brings out the nicks and dings in old furniture. Which in my book is a good thing! 🙂
First, I sanded the bench. Nothing crazy, just enough to give the paint something to grab onto.
Next I mixed equal parts paint and water. Make sure to stir it well. I used Behr Cloud White. The consistency should be about the thickness of milk.
Next, dip your brush into the mixture and wipe the excess off. The brush should still be pretty wet. Begin painting along with the grain, pulling the paint down as you go.
This paint dries super fast. After the first coat dries, you may want to “fill in” areas.
Once the second coat dries, lightly sand the whole piece down to blend and smooth out the paint.
I really like the end result. The bench now ties in with the mantel and the white china cabinet.
One last before & after…
Partying with these awesome peeps!