Whitewash Stained Finish

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Thank you so much for the plan love on my Chalkboard Produce Crate!<p>You know how I always say it's all in the finish? &nbsp;Well, here's the perfect example:</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="http://distilleryimage9.s3.amazonaws.com/96d05dc0551e11e28ed122000a9f1311_7.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Humble even with an<a href="http://instagram.com/_anawhite/" target="_blank"> Instagram filter</a> ...</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/3154820554_1358528954.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And then the true Cinderella moment happens with a little stain.</p><p>I tell you, your paint brush is a magic wand! &nbsp;Use it!</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>I've teamed up again with the wonderful folks over at <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax </a>to bring you a brand new staining tutorial. &nbsp;Remember, you can use different base stain colors to get the exact look you want for your home. &nbsp;</p><p><br /></p>
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<p><p>We’ll be using all water based products for this project. &nbsp;You can wash the brush with water and soap for easy clean up.</p><p>The stain color I am using is <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax American Walnut</a> – it’s a rich, deep lovely chocolate brown. &nbsp;Try using <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/" target="_blank">different base stain colors</a> to achieve lighter or warmer results.</p><br /></p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-afhs4Y_IqJA/UPl1cy1A8zI/AAAAAAAANOI/Cn4ZuhNxQ9o/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood02.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Conditioner</a> (not shown but recommended)</p><p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain</a> (I Used American Walnut)</p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/#pickling" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Pickling Wash</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax" target="_blank">Minwax Paste Finishing Wax</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Minwax Synthetic Brush</a></p><p>Staining Rags</p><p>Fine Sandpaper</p><p>Unfinished Wood Project</p><p><br /></p></p>
Step 1: 
Project Preparation&nbsp;<p><br /></p><p>This tutorial is for a new pine wood project. I used a <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/01/plans/chalkboard-produce-crate" target="_blank">Chalkboard Produce Crate built from this plan. </a></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5M5C2_Ghh0Y/UPl1czSZujI/AAAAAAAANOE/QyTMfhNxB3c/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood03.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Sand the project well with medium grit sandpaper. &nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1UkXIHs4ufQ/UPl1eKRd6pI/AAAAAAAANOY/WTHFJ3Swd5Y/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood04.jpg" style="height: 313px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And then sand with fine sandpaper.</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B7g7C04N4mo/UPl1ecO-31I/AAAAAAAANOg/pPYYPb137nY/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood05.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>It is very important to remove all sanding residue before applying any stain. &nbsp;I use a brush to remove the bulk of the sanding residue, and then wipe down with a damp cloth.</p><p><br /></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
Stain Application<p></p><p>TIP: It's always a good idea to use <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Conditioner</a> before stain application for more even results when working with pine. &nbsp;Cheap insurance!</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-0cgIFNGQpME/UPl1eyUH8tI/AAAAAAAANOo/WImNbqxOcpg/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood06.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s time for stain!</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Stain comes in lots of different colors</a> and is mixed at the paint counter. &nbsp;Make sure you mix well. &nbsp;If you have multiple cans, pour together to mix as one for the best consistency.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-zm2zXF0Hzl4/UPl1fcPddqI/AAAAAAAANOw/6TQ_axNti_E/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood07.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>I started applying the stain on the bottom. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1-vLUd6jPcY/UPl1gZIB2nI/AAAAAAAANO4/3C495kvLqS4/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood08.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>I like to work in sections. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1-nW5BHWdvU/UPl1g6HKIII/AAAAAAAANPA/ySXSeOGCzy4/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood09.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>With <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain</a>, after three minutes, you wipe off excess stain. &nbsp;If I work in sections, I don’t ever get ahead of myself.</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gP2yE0P47VI/UPl1hYqKEcI/AAAAAAAANPI/PfoHCx77X9c/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood10.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>After three minutes, wipe excess stain off with rag. &nbsp;Wipe in direction of wood grain. &nbsp;TIP: You can work stain into lighter areas to create a more uniform look. &nbsp;</p><p></p>After staining bottom, I flipped the crate over and started in the inside and worked my way outward until the entire project was stained.<p></p><p>Additional stain coats can be added to deepen the color if desired. &nbsp;Just wait 2 hours between coats, and follow the same steps as the first coat. &nbsp;I only did one coat for this project because it will be whitewashed.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Reference: <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Directions</a></p><p></p><p></p>
Step 3 Instructions: 
<p>Now the fun part!!! &nbsp;Time to add the whitewash!</p><p><br /></p><p>Make sure the last coat of stain is dry - a minimum of 2 hours.</p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DCUfmmZR_0w/UPl1ioKWcNI/AAAAAAAANPQ/nbWGKvRAjK0/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood11.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /><p>I highly recommend testing out your technique on a scrap piece of wood before tackling your project. &nbsp;Remember that the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/#pickling" target="_blank">Minwax White Pickling Wash </a>is water based, so you can use water to thin or help you work the white wash in evenly.</p><p>Just like the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain</a>, mix up the<a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/#pickling" target="_blank"> Minwax White Wash Pickling Wood Stain</a> until consistent throughout.</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ZDBTUYev4SM/UPl1i6DJkSI/AAAAAAAANPU/5wtjWWm9lxw/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood12.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><p><br /></p><p>I used staining rags to apply the pickling stain and wipe off excess. &nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p>TIP: For a lighter whitewash, try adding a little water to the pickling stain and applying to the project or using a damp cloth to work the white wash throughout the project to achieve consistency.</p><p><br /></p></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U8j1r-dPiSA/UPl1jJfCUOI/AAAAAAAANPg/3EJ41D4vOIw/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood13.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Remember, you will need to wipe off excess stain within three minutes. &nbsp;Do not allow any excess stain to dry on the project.</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bAvGVFkgs9Y/UPl1kGfPUII/AAAAAAAANPo/SriTgznjOLQ/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood14.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>I love how the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/#pickling" target="_blank">Minwax White Pickling Wash </a>added a subtle graying to the wood stain! &nbsp;I can't wait to try the White Wash out on lots more colors!</p><p>Reference: <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax" target="_blank">Minwax White Pickling Wash Directions</a></p>
Step 4 Instructions: 
<p style="font: inherit;"><br /></p><p style="font: inherit;"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-l-7cUF5pLiM/UPl1lY9rioI/AAAAAAAANP8/5DyP59AQXyc/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood16.jpg" alt="" style="font: inherit; width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p style="font: inherit;"><br /></p><p style="font: inherit;">To protect the project, I decided to use Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.&nbsp;</p><p style="font: inherit;">I love <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax" target="_blank">Minwax Paste Finishing Wax</a> because it gives the wood a beautiful polish but does not affect the color. &nbsp;If you haven't already used it, it's definitely worth checking out! &nbsp;It’s perfect for a vintage finish!<br /></p><p style="font: inherit;">&nbsp;<br /></p><p style="font: inherit;"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NKe6xrjOZUo/UPl1kT2vL8I/AAAAAAAANPw/9d_1_8FKBmo/w470/how%20to%20whitewash%20wood15.jpg" alt="" style="font: inherit; width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p style="font: inherit;">Allow your project to dry a minimum of 3 hours before applying a top coat.</p><p style="font: inherit;">To apply the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax">Minwax Paste Finishing Wax</a>, use a soft cloth or rag. &nbsp;I like to use cheesecloth folded in half. &nbsp;Work the wax into the project and let dry. &nbsp;After ten minutes, go back and polish the wax until smooth.<br /></p><p style="font: inherit;">Reference: <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Paste Finish Wax Directions</a></p><p style="font: inherit;">Enjoy your finished project!</p>

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