Prepare furniture for whitewashing by gently sanding its surface, diluting white paint, and applying a thin coating to the wood. Wipe the paint with a sponge, and allow the wood to dry. If desired, apply a second coat of paint, and seal with a protective finish.
- Sand the wood
Prepare the wood for painting by gently sanding its surface with 220-grit sandpaper. Continue sanding until the surface is evenly treated.
- Dilute white paint
Mix two parts white latex paint with one part water, and pour the mixture into a paint-rolling tray. Thoroughly stir the mixture with a wooden spoon.
- Test the consistency
Apply several strips of paint to a piece of scrap wood to check its consistency. If the color is too thin, add 1/2 cup of paint. If the color is too thick, add water in 1/2-cup increments until the paint reaches the desired consistency.
- Roll on the paint
Select a well-ventilated area to paint. Apply an even coating to the wood with a foam roller or paintbrush.
- Rub the paint with a sponge
While the paint is still wet, wipe it in the direction of the wood grain with a clean, dry sponge. Press the sponge firmly, but don't remove all the paint.
- Check the results
Once the first coat has dried, check the results. If the coat is too thin, apply an additional coat.
- Seal the paint
Once the paint reaches the desired thickness, wait for it to dry. Seal the paint with a clear-gloss protective finish.