I’m excited to show you my latest project I did using Briwax Liming Wax!
If you’ve ever wondered how to get a sun-bleached finish on wood, I’ve got the secret!
I was asked to update this coffee table with a weathered wood finish. This has become very popular finish thanks to Restoration Hardware. However, I have a method that will give a very similar look but without the huge price tag!
My client had this coffee table that was in very good condition. It is all wood but as you can see it has a dark chocolate stain. Instead, she wanted it to coordinate with some tables she had received from Overstock that were a blonde wood with a white wash. After going through my samples she thought Coco chalk paint® By Annie Sloan with an added white wash would coordinate nicely with the Overstock tables.
To begin this project, I painted the table by spraying the Coco chalk paint® with the Homeright Finish Max sprayer that was sent to me by the nice people at Homeright to try out.
The Finish Max is an HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) sprayer that sprays a nice even finish with less overspray. It’s a compact unit that does not need a compressor but instead plugs into an electrical wall outlet. As you can see in the picture, there is a reservoir that holds the paint which is released by the trigger above. It can spray either horizontally or vertically by twisting the direction of the brass nozzle on the front.
I had done my research on spraying chalk paint® and added the recommended (splash) or 10% of water to the paint. Once mixed thoroughly, I sprayed the table with nice even strokes. It took no time at all to spray the first coat! Once dry, I sprayed a second coat and left the table to dry completely overnight. I was so pleased with the finish and how quickly I was able to complete the paint process. The Finish Max gets a ?? from me!
I knew I was going to create a weathered wood look for this table but decided I wanted to try something a little different from the expected watered down white paint wiped over the surface. I knew I had a can of Briwax Liming Wax in my paint arsenal that I was anxious to use and this table seemed like the perfect candidate! Essentially, liming wax is a white wax that is traditionally used over raw open grained wood like oak to produce a white grain finish. When used over paint, it leaves the same white residue giving a sun-washed look.
Using a chip brush I painted the liming wax over the Coco and quickly wiped the excess off with a shop towel. The residue left a beautiful white washed look with the added benefit of leaving a smooth as silk feel as wax usually does when applied to a painted surface. Any imperfections or grooves in the wood were enhanced by the white wax leaving a beautiful and natural sun bleached look. Just what I was hoping for!
I was so pleased with how easy the liming wax was to apply and the beautiful finish it left behind!
In no time at all I had completed the table, thanks to the efficient Homeright Finish Max sprayer and the Briwax Liming Wax!
The table has now been refreshed and updated with a more modern finish and one that closely resembles the expensive Restoration Hardware weathered wood! Best of all, only two products were used. Anyone can do this!
The result speaks for itself but I’ll let you decide.
I must say, I was pretty pleased myself and apparently my client was too because before I left, she ran inside to bring me another smaller table that she wanted the same finish on!
I love when that happens!