How to Whitewash Furniture

Summertime puts me in the mood for lighter tones and a more beachy, bleached-out color palette. In the spirit of adding that summery feel to my home year-round, I decided to try my hand at whitewashing a piece of wood furniture. I picked up at the flea market a table that had a beat-up, dark brown finish but elegant, clean lines. After a little experimenting I’m happy to report that it’s easy to achieve really pro-looking results on your own. Click “play” to watch and learn, and check out the full list of materials and step-by-step instructions on One Kings Lane’s Style Blog! And for more fun projects, check out my Weekend Decorator page, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what I’m working on right now over on Instagram. -Megan

Bridget from Refined Vintage

I had hoped there was no stripping and sanding involved,lol. The white finish was would be nice for a beachy, summery feel, but you could also use other pastel latex colors which would work for a cottage chic look . Thanks for sharing.

Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola

What a great summer look DIY- you always make it look so easy…

I just scored a great end table during a flea market hunt that is asking for this treatment too… wish me luck!

Chloe Castro

I was a little surprised not to see a mention of traditional limewash techniques, or milk paint, or chalk paint. These finishes are less toxic and you don’t have to deal with whatever VOC rating, since they don’t have any. I’m an objects conservator, so this historic finishes thing is just in my wheelhouse.


But is there a DIY for wood into barnwood-look?

Julie Zuckman

Your description said you whitewashed an old brown-finished piece, but in the video she specifically says to start with unpainted wood for the method she demonstrates. So, this DIY video doesn’t explain how to REFINISH a piece with a whitewash effect, as promised. I’m disappointed.


Julie, she said you would need to strip any wood with a finish down to RAW wood. It’s pretty self explanatory. Good video!