WHITE WASHED DOVE GREY - primer and wax

This is really a simple project however
I've made these instructions as detailed as I can.

I'm using primers because they dry quickly
and they sand easily.

First clean your furniture with a degreaser, soap and
water is fine. I use Windex multi surface grease cutter.

You will need water based grey and white primer, some 
furniture paste wax and a spray bottle of water. Prime
 with one quick coat of grey primer. Brush in the direction
 of the wood grain, do not worry about streaks.
(see picture below)

Once dry sand your edges and all surfaces smooth,
with a fine sand paper. (180 grit, 220 grit, 260 grit)

Thin your white primer with water till it is the
consistency of milk. See below how runny it is ...

Start by practicing your technique on the top surface.
The top is easiest to work on and can always
have a different look then the body.  

Have your spray bottle of water ready to
thin your white more while working with it.

Also have a cloth or sponge handy to help move the white
 around. ALWAYS move in the direction of the wood grain
 and start slow you can always add.

Pictures speak louder then words.


Continue adding your white and spraying with your water 
bottle until you get the layered look you want. Use your brush
and rag to drag the white into a weathered white wash finish.

After the entire cabinet has the depth of white you want,
sand all the edges and high points again. Because we sanded
 before adding the white layers this step is quick and easy.

And now you can wax your project and call it complete.
I however went a little farther on this project.

I wanted a bit more of a punch to the top surface so I added a
 dark walnut gel stain to the top right over the white. No
photos of these next steps were taken as it was too messy to
have my camera  around. So please do your best to read the 
following instructions carefully.

Remember the bowl of white watery primer from earlier?
While the stain was still tacky I saturated it with
more white primer. And I mean I poured the remainder
 of the bowl on the top and spread it from side to side.
See in the photo below the streaks of dark brown left behind.

Water base primer won't normally adhere well to an oil based
 stain once dried that is why I did it while it was tacky. 
Next using a sponge I lightly dragged it across the top in the
 direction of the grain to remove the excess white primer 
but leaving this beautiful finish behind.

The top turned out mouth watering! Below you can
see the difference between the side and the top.

The final step is to wax and buff the whole piece,
which makes the layers really standout
and the whole piece will shine.

Things to note:
- stain embeds into primer quickly so your
working time is only seconds
- if you are working with solid wood pieces
you can fix/sand anything you don't like

Full photos of this finished piece can be seen here:

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