White-Wash and an Armoire

Finally, this monster of an armoire is finished!  It only took 6 weeks from start to finish. Which is actually quite surprising considering I really enjoyed the process of white-washing. But, as life has it, things got in the way and I was distracted by other projects and my constant obsessive-compulsive cleaning habit. So I took Easter Sunday {a day when mostly everything is closed} as a day to tie up some lose ends around the house {organized my closet, donated some clothes and did some detail cleaning in the kitchen in addition to finishing the armoire}.

We originally were given this armoire from my mother who was just going to leave it in her Florida condo when she moved to Asheville. It is heavy and beast-like so I can understand how the thought of moving it made her short of breath. But, fortunately, Chris owns a truck and we had a roommate at the time to help relocate it to The Dreaming Tree 2 hours away. It sat in here for 2 years unpainted and looking awkward in the space intended to be our dining room {I say intended as we really don’t have a true dining room}.

When I told Chris I wanted to white-wash it, he politely told me, “It’s all you babe.” I don’t think he wanted to deal with it anymore either. He did his part getting her to her new home.  But I needed it to have a fresh, brighter look. And it is such a gorgeous piece by itself, I knew this DIY would be the cherry on top.

 

BEFORE

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We have been using her to store booze, wine and glassware on top and dog food at the bottom.

 

To accomplish my white-wash effect, I researched best methods and found that 2 parts white paint mixed with 1 part water gave the best results. I used an eggshell semi-gloss white paint.

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As you can see, I just dove right on in there to paint the inside. A girls got to do what a girls got to do!

 

So THE PROCESS went a little something like this: paint on the mixture of 2 parts paint with 1 part water {well mixed} and then immediately after, use a standard sponge to wipe in the direction of the grain. You can leave it at one coat if you like the look or go for a second if you feel you want more coverage. Once dry {and because it’s water-based, it dries quick}, I added a light coat of polyurethane to give it a slight shine and make it softer to the touch. The shine is subtle, though, as I didn’t want to lose the rustic look. A word of caution: use tarp and old clothes because this project gets drippy!

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{I used a small brush for some of those tiny nooks which really helped get better coverage.}

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The more I loosened up with this project, the more I realized it isn’t supposed to look perfect. It was freeing and fun. I wasn’t stressed about one spot looking darker than another or uneven brush strokes. It was very relaxing when I found the flow to it all! I actually didn’t go back on a second coat using the paint brush but rather with what was left on the sponge. I found this gave a bit more of a white look to it yet didn’t mask the wood-tones completely. The sponge applied far less paint than the brush would have.

AFTER

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And, well, I had to jazz up the inside 😉 No longer just a storage space but now a quite cute little bar.

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I must say, white-washing is now pretty high up on the list of my favorite DIYs!

 

 

{Yours in Design – Meg}

Meghan Kathleen

I’m a creative junkie, DIY-er, sanctuary-seeking, wine-drinking, yoga believer with an itch to write a little bit. Newlywed, hopeful mom-to-be and devoted believer in Universal Energy. Peace and good vibes, please and thanks!

4 Comments

  1. Omg you are now one of my absolute favs!!!! And I love tour style of writing! And I LOVE the simplicity of telling the “how to”. No joke we have a brown armoire (it’s one of my beginning posts) and I want to do a “wash” rather than solid so I am now more excited than ever because sometimes I don’t feel like researching and just want someone to share what they did AND make it easy. And holy cow you accomplished that perfectly with your words and pictures – just a perfectly written blog post! Great job – the armoire is simply STUNNING

    • Melissa- thanks so much for your kind words! Made my morning reading this 🙂 I saw your beautiful armoire and think a white-wash would look fantastic! And I promise it is seriously one of the most fun projects you will undertake. I so appreciate your feedback on how I provided direction. I am by no means a pro or do I write perfect tutorials. Would much rather share the real experience in a relatable way 😉

  2. Meghan, I am getting ready to white wash an Armoire and I was told I had to strip it first? Is that true? It’s a cherry finish. I loved your blog, you make it look simple.

    • I would certainly suggest sanding it if it has a smooth finish! My armoire was unfinished, so I could just dive right in and do it. The more you can sand it, the greater the tones will come through with a white-wash. Good luck!!

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