Thursday, August 18, 2011

Graywashing a Table

A few days ago, I helped a client out with a table that she'd bought from World Market. The chairs she purchased were from Restoration Hardware, and the two just weren't matching as nicely as she'd hoped.

The table was stained in a dark color, and looked like this:

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Not bad, but it needed more of a gray wash on it to complement the chairs better.

I mixed up a little gray and white (The MyColor line at Lowe's in "Griffin" and "Gardenia"), with a little glaze, and brushed it on. This is what it looks like when I apply my glaze:

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As you see, I roughly brush it on in the direction of the woodgrain, then I take a painter's rag and brush it lightly back in the direction of the woodgrain again. You don't want to wipe it completely off, but you are trying to get rid of those brushmarks. I definitely wanted it to stay in the bevels and corners.

The base of the table was actually a little bit more "in line" with what my client wanted, but the top of it wasn't. I ended up doing about 2.5 opaque layers on the top, and just 1 on the bottom.

here it is when I was done:

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The woodgrain is definitely still the star, but now it is toned down with the gray wash. Much more "Restoration Hardware" than before!

I used a few layers of wax sealer to top it off.

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See how it goes into the woodgrain?

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here is the base (sorry it's so out of focus):
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31 comments:

  1. That looks fabulous, about the finish I want to see on a table I'm about to work on! I'm inspired to get to work! Janell

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  2. I looks amazing! So much better then before!

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  3. Looks so awesome. I did something similar with a vanity bench to tone down all of the brown. Much better now!

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  5. Oh my gosh- that table is beautiful! Good work.

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  6. That looks fabulous and what made it moire interesting is the fact that you made the task look so much simple!

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  7. That is freakin' fantastic!! All greige and yummy.

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  8. I really like the idea of "gray-washing" - as you put it. The result is very nice! The table now looks like it belongs among the likes of your client's sophisticated home. They seem to have nice taste! Good job with the table!

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  9. I love it! You did an awesome job!

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  10. This is awesome!! Did you sand the table first?

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  11. I love this! what type of paint did you use? flat, satin, gloss, etc? Thanks so much!

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  12. I love the way the table turned out! I want to do this with my bedroom furniture. It looks like it has a clear coat on it ~ do I need to sand it down first?
    Thanks!

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  13. Very nice job on this! What kind of glaze do you use?

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  14. Wondering if you sanded the table or prepped it before adding the glaze?

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  15. I LOVE it! I want to do this to two dressers I have but am hoping to get out of sanding them. Did you sand the table first? Also, how long should I wait before wiping it with the painter's rag? What finish did you use for the paint and was it equal parts? Sorry for all the questions, just desperately want to do it right!!!

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  16. Did you sand it or prep it in any way?

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  17. Did you sand table during prep. Also, what exactly is the wax sealer you used?

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  18. I will add to the question list hoping someone checks back. What kind of glaze? I have a glaze I use for color washing walls and wonder if that would work. (Can't think of the name just now.) It thins the paint and extends drying time. I would assume you would have to prep the surface and sand like any other painting project.

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  19. Did you sand it at all? I am wanting to try this today!~ Thanks :)

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  20. I'm thinking of gray-washing our dining room table (a goodwill find). It has a pretty shiny finish at the moment. I'm curious if you did much sanding or prep work? Thanks!

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  21. Where did you buy your couches? I absolutely love the color and look. Thanks!

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  22. What is the ratio of paint to glaze? I have NEVER done anything like this before so I need pretty detail instructions.

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  23. I wish you answer some of the questions. ..... What kind of wax and glaze you used on this process for exemplo

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  24. Did you sand down the table first or just apply the glaze?

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  25. Hi, what kind of glaze did you use, i want to try this on a side table im doing. i tried gray stain and not happy with the finish

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  26. did you mean opaque or transparent layers on top?

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