How to Whitewash Oak Furniture

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Whitewashing oak furniture needs to be accomplished with a certain degree of caution so that you don't damage the wood. Find out how to whitewash oak furniture with help from a master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy from R & D Woodshop in Scotia, New York. Today, I'm going to show you how to whitewash oak furniture. You can see that I've got an oak board here. And what you want to do is you want to use some type if a base of a stain that has any type of coloring in it. Whether it's a country white, a blue, red, it doesn't quite matter. All the applications are going to be the same. You want to make sure to stir your product and shake it, give it a little stir, and you want to give it a little bit of a stir. You want to go ahead and use it right on your rag. Now what's great about this is you can have it thick, you can have it thin, it doesn't matter as long as you get the consistency and the look that you want. You want to put it on your rag, you want to just wipe it on your product. And you keep spreading it until you get that look that you want, whether you want complete white, here I'll give you a complete side that's completely white. You can't even see the grain on this side. OK. Or you want to see a little bit of the grain popping through. If you don't like it go ahead and wipe it off while you've still got it wet. Oh, you wiped off too much. Just go ahead an apply a little bit more, and give it a little of a dabble, spread it back and forth using tight, lighter and lighter and lighter feather touches. And that will give you a great feather type look for this whitewash. I'm Todd Languell, The Flying Furniture Guy, and this was how to whitewash oak furniture.

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