How to Color Wash on Wood

Only two more weeks in our Summer Tutorial Series... but they are good ones!

Week 1: Java Gel Stain Tutorial

Week 2: Painting Laminate Furniture

Week 3: Color Washing Tutorial

Week 4: Wood Stain Tutorial

Week 5: Pearl Effects Metallic Tutorial

Week 6: Glazing Tutorial

Week 7: How to Re-Upholster a Chair

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We are back to color washing today, but with a little different look and technique.

This is a great option to consider if you really like the wood grain but aren’t a fan of the wood color of your piece.  You do need the wood to be in fairly good condition since it shows through the color. This is really the same technique as white washing but this time with Lamp Black Milk Paint (also fabulous in Coastal Blue).

We are also not using very much product, it’s very little paint mixed with water, so save all that extra paint for an effect like this. 

Here's what you'll need to get this look:


220 sandpaper
General Finishes Milk Paint (Lamp Black is used in the video) mixed with water
(about ½ and 1/2 )
Purdy XL Cub Paint Brush
● Damp Paper Towel
General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat

Here’s the before and after of this piece. 






And now the technique.

And since this is just water based paint, you can continue to add layers to darken the effect even more if you like.

I’d love to see before and afters if you try your hand at upholstery, we are partying this summer with before and afters using #refinishthis and #notuglyforlong (on Instagram and Facebook). 

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Happy Painting!