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Wood Finishing Styles | Ideas For Cottage Collection

by Matthew Cutler March 14, 2017

Wood Finishing Styles | Ideas For Cottage Collection

There are many different kinds of styles that one can apply to their unfinished furniture. The options are limitless, allowing you to create a space with any style that you prefer. A cottage theme can be cozy, chic, and unique; it is a versatile style that people can do so much with.

A distressing and/or a whitewashing technique is what you would want to apply to unfinished furniture in order for it to fit in with this particular theme. They can be applied a few different ways, so it is important to determine which particular method would help you accomplish your particular look. 

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Wet Distressing Wood

One method of distressing is a wet-distressing technique. Take the following steps to turn your cottage collection unfinished wood furniture piece into a distressed masterpiece.

  1. Take the piece of furniture you want to work with and apply one coat of paint to it, allowing it to dry for at least 24 hours.
  2. Then, you will want to apply a second coat with a contrasting color, waiting 1-2 hours for the paint to dry.
  3. Lastly, once the paint is all dry, you will want a bucket of water and a scouring pad or a lint-free rag. Get it wet but not so wet that it drips and gently rub it across the surface of your furniture piece.
  4. The amount of pressure you apply determines how distressed your piece becomes; if you apply too much pressure, you can always cover it back up with paint.

Whitewashing Wood

Whitewashing is another simple process, requiring little resources. This method is a very popular technique and simple to do.
  1. Take 3 tablespoons of water and thinned white paint to create the mixture and then soak a washcloth in it.
  2. Wring out the cloth and wipe it across the piece.
  3. To get the piece whiter, apply 2-3 coats but, if you do not want is as white, watering down the mixture and/or wiping it down as soon as you apply the mixture with the cloth can really help.
  4. Using a brush to apply the mixture is also an option if you do not want to use a rag. 
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