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diy : how to whitewash a wood vase

diy : how to whitewash a wood vase

awestnest whitewashed vase

our newly whitewashed bamboo wood vase is light and bright

So I'm kind of obsessed with DIY's. In fact, sometimes I start to just get an itch to change something in the house (I blame my mother.. And my mother's mother). Tonight hubs left for about an hour to do an errand, and by the time we got back it already repainted something.

We have had this bamboo vase for years, but the yellow-ish tint no longer matched anything in our house. I wanted it to be light & bright, but still maintain the character of the wood, so I decided on to whitewash it.

awestnest whitewashed vase

This vase was originally a yellow-tinted bamboo that didn't match the rest of the house. Whitewashing this completely transformed the look. 

There are two types of whitewashing: diluting white paint with water (great for fireplaces) and using a white tinted stain. I opted for the second option because this is vase is made out of wood. Here's what I did: 

1. Start by wiping the vase down with a damp rag to remove all of the dust. 

2. Two options here: you can sand down the topcoat of the vase so the stain is absorbed into the wood or you can paint overtop of it. I wanted the stain to add some variation to the topcoat, so I opted for the later option. This is definitely the more time-consuming option since you will have to be careful to evenly spread the paint. If you decide to sand it down, make sure you wipe off the dust before you start staining.

3. I used varathane's wood stain in sunbleached. Make sure to mix the stain well before starting. Take a rag and dip a small portion into the stain and start spreading on the wood. It's easier to add more paint than take paint off, so I recommend starting light and gaging the amount that you need to achieve the color you are looking for.  

4. Once you're done staining, let it fully dry before moving back in to the house. 

Short & sweet! This project was super easy & now matches the rest of the room. 

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