How to Graywash
“Graywashed” (a term I coined, similar to whitewashing, but with gray paint!) furniture has become very popular over the last couple of years, along with the salvaged furniture/wood look, and it’s something that a lot of people pay a pretty penny for. There are a lot of beautiful washed furniture finishes out on the market, and I love them! One of my clients bought this nice solid wood table, and wanted me to give it a more worn, washed look.
Here it is before I painted it, just solid wood:
I mixed up a little MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE®’s “Gardenia” with a little “Griffin”, then used a little glaze, and brushed it on. This is what it looks like when I apply my glaze:
As you see, I roughly brush it on in the direction of the woodgrain, then I take a painter’s rag and brush it lightly back in the direction of the woodgrain again. You don’t want to wipe it completely off, but you are trying to get rid of those brushmarks. I definitely wanted it to stay in the bevels and corners.
The base of the table was actually a little bit more “in line” with what my client wanted, but the top of it wasn’t. I ended up doing about 2.5 opaque layers on the top, and just 1 on the bottom.
Here is what it looked like when I was all done:
I love how you can still see all the grains of the wood, but it’s got that wash over it to give it character.
I used a few layers of a wax sealer to top it off.