Color Washing Technique for Painted Furniture


Hi, I’m Jenni with roots and wings furniture And today I’m going to show you a really neat tutorial called color washing This tutorial is fun because it’s a finish that looks really complicated But in actuality it’s super easy to do It’s also fun because we’re using color as a glaze instead of using brown or black like the traditional glazes We’re actually brightening and toning the color giving it lots of layers and dimension just by using another color paint So if you are ready to give this a try let’s get started. Let me show you what you need. I Already painted this piece which I’ll show you more in detail in just a minute You’re gonna start with a painted piece of the brightest color that you want to use. So this piece is really bright It’s in your face and we’re gonna tone it down and give it some more dimension with a different color I’m gonna put some navy blue paint on this piece here So we’re going to almost make it look like the ocean kind of like the really nautical fun finish like that. You’ll need some water Paper towels a brush. My favorite brush is the Purdy XL cub It’s really nice because it fits nicely in my hand. It does have a slight angle to it This is the 2 inch brush and I use it for everything. So we’ll use it today. You’ll also need some gloves Unless you want a new manicure. So grab some gloves and let’s get started Alright, the first thing we’re going to do is mix our paint with some water I’d like to think about this ratio about half and half. It’s not super precise We’re just watering down our paint so it can spread around and go a little bit further So I told you we’re gonna use a navy blue over this really bright color I have it in this container here and I’m gonna mix it with some water About like that And then just stir it around really well, I like to use popsicle sticks if you have them they make a great little stir stick There we go, and then we’ve got a really runny consistency of paint and this is gonna be just what we need To give this piece a really cool finish All right This is the piece of working on this is a buffet and I chose this piece because it’s got some really nice details Any time you’re doing a multi-layer finish the more details? You have the more it’s gonna stand out so all of these raised edges and some of the carvings in here are really gonna pop once we add another color this Technique is going to bring out any imperfections that you have in the wood and in the finish whether for good or bad There are a few paint brush strokes and things like that and that will show up in our final finish one more thing I’m going to do this piece with the drawers in So you can see how it’s all coming together If I were doing this just on my own I would take the drawers out and set them aside Upright and so that they would be away from the piece. So that is up to you However, you prefer to work, but that’s what I usually do. So let’s get started I’ve got a damp paper towel and a dry paper towel And we’ve got our paint and water mixed And I’m just gonna begin up here in this section, we’re gonna work section by section and Because as the paint goes on it’s going to dry pretty quickly I’m gonna just brush it on let it settle and all the crack And then I’ve picked up my dry paper towel and we’re gonna begin wiping it back And you can see what a neat finish Forget in there you can add more we can do a couple different layers here Also, you’ll notice if you grab your wet paper towel, it’s gonna really take off a lot more than the dry So that’s where you can play with it. Make it your own. However, you like it One really important thing to note If you are using chalk paint as your base layer of paint be sure it is sealed with something that gives it Sealed with something that is water-based. So it has a chance for the new layer of paint to move around If you don’t seal your chalk paint and you begin this technique all that’s gonna happen your paint is just gonna sit kind of in a blob and you’re not gonna be able to Move it and shift it the way you want it this base color is general finishes milky and patina green and Then this topcoat that we’re putting on here is our 50-50 mix of coastal blue and water For a full supply list of everything you will need to create this awesome finish check out the description below this video Just keep messing with it until you like the way it looks and then we just step back and let it dry This first coat. There’s really not a ton of paint that we’re using here. So it’s gonna dry really quickly give it half an hour to an hour to dry till it’s dry to the touch and then we’re going to do a Second layer to give it even more dimension Alright our first layer has dried and we are going to do a second layer to give it like I say just even more depth And dimension to this color if you like it as it is now if you’re happy with your progress, you can absolutely stop now but we can keep adding colors too if you want a little bit more so to Modify our color that we’ve got in the jar We are going to add about a tablespoon of lamp black nothing And that’s just gonna darken it and give it like I say just a little bit of a darker shade same tone Just a darker color Same thing give it a stir in your jar There we go just like that and then we are going to apply it in exactly the same way I Do try to apply the paint as well as the layers in the direction of the wood grain Kind of gives it a cohesive look And you can see how nice the color has settled into the cracks and crevices of the piece and that’s brought out and Accentuated the details there. So that’s why I love doing this method and again, how easy is that? Now keep in mind you absolutely don’t have to use these colors if turquoise isn’t quite your thing You could do all blues. You could do reds greens and the world is your oyster when it comes to colors and layering Okay, once again this won’t be long til it’s dry to the touch probably 30 minutes to an hour keep in mind full dry times for this is 24 hours before light use and then 20 to 30 days before it’s fully cure a couple of options for you, you could absolutely distress this and I would do it at this point if you liked the finish where you’re at and you just want to give a little more detail Make it a little more aged or stand out a little bit more you could distress the edges with some 120 grit sandpaper just to kind of chip off that paint and give The would make the wood come through a little bit more Another option is clear coat If you are going to use this piece in a high-traffic area, you really want the extra protection for it I would recommend general finishes high-performance topcoat probably in the flat finish You don’t want to give it too much shine or flat out flat either way just to seal everything in and really protect it However, general finishes milk paint itself doesn’t need the topcoat which is all that we’ve used on this piece So if we’re just light use for use as a buffet, which is what it is We don’t really need the top coat, but it is an option if you’d like to use it So I’m gonna finish up this piece and we will show you the final results here in just a minute Thanks so much for watching this video. I really hope you enjoyed it Don’t forget to check out my website roots and wings furniture comm for more painting tips and tricks and DIY Also subscribe to this channel so that you won’t miss a thing. Click the button below

34 comments

  • Daphne Schulz

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! ❤

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  • Donald Jones

    Beautiful piece of work! One thing: Why paint the hinges when you didn't paint the handles? I fully understand the paint scheme is totally yours but for myself, honestly, I didn't care for the painted hinges.

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  • Bahama Mama

    Looks great! Love your videos.

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  • Dede Vaughn

    What would happen if you didn't wipe it off at all and then used a 220 sand paper or something like that after it dried like I've done with some antiquing wax.

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  • Dede Vaughn

    It's gorgeous! I'm more impressed with each layer of glaze you add! It's stunning!

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  • Jamie Mallory

    Love it!  Thank you for making these wonderful videos <3

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  • Bahama Mama

    Looks fantastic!

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  • Norma Cordero

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  • Lucinda Ortega - Garcia

    I'm wondering if this color wash technique will work on a headboard that I've already chalk painted? It is painted a turquoise/teal blue. So right before you talked about color washing over chalk paint I saw that you said it should have some kind of finish over it before doing the wash. What type of finish would you recommend for the chalk paint? Thank you!

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  • Natural Lee

    Is milk paint like chalk paint? Do we have to do this with milk paint

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  • Karen Younger

    i really loved how the wash brought out the depth and tone of this project.

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  • LuAnn Smidt

    Did you put a top coat on the patina green? It wasn't listed in the supplies… And because it's milk paint and not chalk paint do you have to use a top coat with milk paint?

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  • LuAnn Smidt

    Your video gave me the courage to do my first project. Not near as professional as your furniture, but I took an old entertainment piece and turned it in to a pantry for my small kitchen. I used General Finishes Halcyon Blue as a base and washed it with Coastal Blue and then Flat out Flat top coat. Really happy with the results…all because of you!!

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  • Shelagh Stuart

    Great videos I learned a lot from you and have been following you for a while you do wonderful work

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  • lily ali

    Absolutely beautiful great job

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  • Kathy Duenas

    Thank you so much for the advice on the chalk paint needing to be sealed!

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  • Ro Pi

    So nice!

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  • Jelena Galambos

    So nice.Beautiful colour💛💙💚

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  • Mia's shabby chic chalk paint school

    What type of paint??

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  • Emilia Kosecka-Tüfekci

    Wunderschön!

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  • Ramona Robinson

    This is really neat. Id like to try this on a sofa table. Can you do this with latex semi gloss paint? I have so much paint leftover from an older project.

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  • Greathairday

    Hi I just did a dresser in chalk paint and want to do this technique. Do I have to seal it first? With what?? TIA 🙂

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  • Eric Outram

    Ya got a like only just
    Too longs video

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  • Steve Birks

    Whats the ratio of water /paint ? – Please ?

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  • Farrah Jafari

    Awesome video. Two questions: 1-Can I do this to a piece I already applied Poly clear coat on? I want to add a finishing touch but don't want to sand the clear coat off. 2-How long do you wait before wiping?

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  • Dante Cortez

    Do you sand the wood and what’s the name of the paint and names of color. Thank you

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  • celticrose2 (the celtic rose)

    Thank you 👍🏻😊🌸🐳

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  • Lisa Holte, Your Access To The Red Carpet!

    I just painted my nightstand in vintage mustard yellow and had it distressed. Looks fabulous!!! But my question here is, what layering washing color would be best to apply on yellow? Do I use clear wax before layer or do I wait to finish layering? Thank you in advanced. Your tutorial is amazing!

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  • The Feathered Hag

    So if I’m using a chalk paint, should I seal with a poly, or would wax be better for the wash? Love all your videos 😍😊

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  • The Feathered Hag

    Another question… could I go from dark to light, and would that look good? Thank you 😊

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  • Mfenwick1986

    Can I do this with a metallic paint? If I mix the metallic with top coat will I get the same effect?

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  • Nanasneedles

    What finish is your paint and manufacture, please

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  • Cindy Badger

    I am new at this and would like to know what kind of paint you are using. Is it chalk, milk, latex, etc? Thank you.

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