Color Wash Tutorial

Ok before I begin you must click over here to see the before pictures of this nightstand.  It was in pretty bad shape when I found it curbside.  It officially became a member of Infarrantly Creative’s Roadkill Rescue.

Today I want to show you how to do a color wash on a project.  What I love about a color wash is that it really helps give your project a depth of color that you can’t achieve with just one coat.

First I painted my nightstand with Silver Sage (mixed into Behr Premium Plus Paint) from Restoration Hardware.


Now you don’t have to buy expensive glaze.  I just got a small bottle for like a dollar with a coupon at Joann Fabrics.


I mixed two cups of glaze into empty, clean yogurt cups (according to package directions).  One cup was mixed with the Silver Sage and the other one with black (I used Black Suede by Behr).


I first started out painting on the black glaze.


I quickly wiped it off in the direction of the wood grain with a dry paper towel.  You can see how the black glaze gets into the crevices giving it a weathered look.


After I did that to the whole piece I went back and lightened it up in places with the gray glaze.  Just a paint on, wipe off process until it looked perfectly imperfect.  I love the two toned weathered look that this process gives.


Okay now moving onto the hardware.  It is your lucky day, two tutorials in one post. 🙂

The drawer pulls were a yucky tarnished brass color to begin with.


After washing them with soap and water I used some Rub N’ Buff on them in Silver Leaf.

If you have never used Rub N’ Buff before it is a really great product to use on metals.  Because it is made with a wax the colors don’t chip like paint sometimes will. I use it on old metal hardware all the time.  I used a stiff bristle brush and painted it on.  A little goes a long way.  You will have a tiny tube for YEARS!


Let it dry and buff it with a soft cloth (aka paper towel)…


It turned it into a an aged silver tone.  The left one is before the Rub N’ Buff and the right one is after.


The aged silver goes perfectly with our new paint treatment doesn’t it!?!?



I know gray might not be your color choice but this was for my nephew’s room and it matched his TV Stand I did here.  Can you imagine using this process with two shades turquoise? Yum!

Thanks for joining me today.  Amanda is up tomorrow with another paint tutorial.  How are your projects coming along? Our first link up begins in 6 days!  Let me know if you need a painting cheerleader.  I can cheer you on until Tuesday 😉

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