i should be mopping the floor: Easy Pickle Wash Finish

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Easy Pickle Wash Finish

This Easy Pickle Wash Finish eliminates a lot of the steps from the traditional pickling finish...and looks just as fun! I'm sharing below how I made over this 1990s garage sale find into a lovely little craft table using this finish.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Today is also Thrifty Style Team day, y'all! Our group of thrifters is really rockin' and rollin' on the vintage fun! All of their goodies are linked at the bottom of this post.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Ironically, this was not the original project I had for this month's Thrifty Style Team. I had sewn up the prettiest pom pom trimmed pillow to share with you...using some super cool vintage fabric I had stumbled onto at the thrift store (can't beat a buck-fifty, yo). But, then Saturday happened and I changed alllll the things. The good news is I'm set for next month. And truly, there's no bad news here. I'm a month ahead of the game. That's huge, y'all.

Back to Saturday. The 12-year old wakes us up announcing that he can see a garage sale in the cul-de-sac across from our house. I equipped him with one of our phones and had him text me photos of all the things (all of 'em). This is about the time he deeply regretted announcing this garage sale he spied. Meanwhile, I shopped in the comfort of my pajamas and bought myself a good 'ol 1990s-style table. Really, y'all. Who didn't have a table like the above? I sure did. It was the first table I bought for my college apartment. It was skinnier than this new one...and it came from a back-alley store with legitimate velvet Elvis art errrrry'where. But when you're 20 and buying your first piece of furniture, you go sketchy places that your budget affords you.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Against my better judgment, I'm showing you the reason I needed the new table (notice I didn't even watermark it...I don't want to claim it if I have to!). The above is the previous table in my studio space. Clearly, this was not working for me. Clearly. I had known all along that this oval shaped table was temporary until I found a rectangular one. And since I knew this wasn't for the long haul...I didn't really put a lot of effort into keeping it uncluttered or even remotely organized (I'd love to say this was on the subconscious level, but it definitely manifested itself into the very real mess above). I love this oval table...but it's actually a drop-leaf side table that I was stretching the capacities of. The rectangular 1990s number was a much better fit for this spot.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Now that I've overtalked myself, it's about time I buckle down and share this easy pickle wash finish. Pickling (sometimes referred to as liming) is basically using a white wash to make wood look like driftwood. In the past, I've always mixed up my own pickling with primer, paint, water, and then poly. But, I had been just waiting for a chance to use my new Pickling Wash I've had for a couple of months. 

I started by sanding the top of the table like crazy. It had that classic 1990s yellow-orange wood stain with a thick coat of glossy polyurethane on top. It took me a good hour or so to sand all that mess off. I started with a really coarse grit paper and worked my way down to a finer grit. I only wanted to pickle wash the top of the table, so I didn't sand the legs.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Sanding was step one. The second and final step is the Pickling Wash. I have been dying to try this new finish from Folk Art and Plaid Crafts. I went with a more traditional pickling look using the Cottage White for the tabletop.


Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
It was really easy to work with. You brush it on, let it sit for 30 seconds and then wipe it off a bit. Then repeat with a second layer. You can seal it, if you like, but I like pieces like this to age naturally on their own with this kind of finish.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
On the bottom of the table, I started with a light, quick coat of chalk-style paint. I used the Waverly brand in Pool. I purposely did it a bit haphazard...I wanted to end up with a muted and weathered look.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
I tried something new with the outer layer. I mixed one part Agave Chalk Style Paint, one part Pool Chalk Style Paint, and two parts Antique Wax. Then I applied this on top of the layer of plain Pool paint with a wax brush. I also used a soft cloth to wipe off the excess.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
I really liked the outcome of this experiment.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
The combination of the chalky bottom of the table and light pickled top really makes me happy. It's almost French-looking in appearance. 

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
There are actually quite a few colors in the Pickling Wash (even more than shown here).
You can find these at Walmart, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Jo Ann's, and more.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
I used the Hidden Oasis Pickling Wash on a new tray. Loving this fun color!

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
I really like the softer look of this finish. It's perfect in this space.


Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
A little side by side...taking the 1990s into the present!

Be sure to check out all of my friends' posts below, too!




Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.






20 comments:

  1. Well this is gorgeous!!! I want to do this on my dining table but it's going to be a big project. You made it look easy!!!! I can't wait for next months pompom pillow!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jessica! I totally need to redo my dining table, too...but yes, the sheer size intimidates me! This was a nice, manageable smaller project.

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  2. Well that whole area pulled together really nice. And yes, I too have one of those tables. We used it as a desk for many years, it was refinished a couple times, and right this minute I have no idea where it went!

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    1. Thanks, Bliss!! I love that you lose furniture because so do I!! HA! xoxo

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  3. This is my current dining room table and I have been racking my brain on how to fix it up! :) Yep, it is a late 90's wonder but has been a great table. I have a super small dining area and it fits and I have yet to find or build something different. I have the pickling washes and I will see if mine turns out as cute as yours.

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    1. I'm with you...they're great tables...so sturdy and well made! I hope you give it a try. You could always paint back over it if it didn't work out. xoxo

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  4. Wow, awesome transformation! Love the soft colors of the pickling wash. I'm going to have to get me some and play around. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristi! I appreciate that. xoxo

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  5. What a great idea! I need to try pickling wash soon. It's just my taste and style.

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    1. Thanks, Meegan! Yes, this kind of finish screams Meegan!! xoxo

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  6. Awesome job! It came out beautiful! Where did you get the container with the pencils and markers?

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    1. Thank you, Carter! It's from Hobby Lobby. :)

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  7. I love the pool blue. It's a very happy color. How could I do something similar in one of those 90s wonders that had the tile inlay in the center? It's Hunter green.... Not my thing.

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    1. Oh, my mom totally had that tile version of this table, too. Would you be able to remove the tiles and retile with those graphic concrete tiles that are so popular? Or better yet...maybe use vinyl and give the tiles the look of the concrete tiles with those designs on them? Then do the Pool Blue on the wooden areas...and yes, Pool is my favorite in the chalk-style paints. My kitchen table is done in it, too! xoxo

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  8. This is a fantastic transformation! Love the base color and the entire styling of the happy corner!
    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

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  9. I just got rid of the very same table in my garage sale! Kicking myself now! That turned out very cute!

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  10. OMG! That color hex sign is the best! And I love your table. It reminds me of one we used to have and totally makes me wish it looked like your table.

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