How to Graywash Furniture

I have a ranch style house and the decor can be described as modern rustic, with the primary colors being gray and white. I love Restoration Hardware, but it is totally out of my budget, so I mostly refer to the store for just inspiration. A lot of their living and dining pieces come in a Grey Acacia Finish (pictured below) and since I enjoy refinishing furniture I tried to take a stab at recreating the RH look. I think it is a handy painting technique to know how to do if you like rustic, shabby chic, vintage styles.

Restoration Hardware Inspiration

The best part about the graywash technique is that it can be used on any type of wood furniture. In the video I did it on a frame to create accessory displays. I’ll do another post of how to create the accessory displays with chicken wire or twine.

Materials:

Tools:

Steps:

  1. If needed sand the frame to take away any varnish.

  2. To create the graywash – mix together 1 part gray paint and 1 part glaze.

  3. Use a bristle (chip) brush apply the gray paint to the frame. Use a different dry bristle (chip) brush to remove excess paint. Keeping with the rustic look the paint doesn’t need to fully cover the frame, just depends on how much of the oak wood you want to show through. Personally, I didn’t want much of the light wood to show through. Let is dry and apply second layer if needed.

  4. To really create the weathered look add a white glaze mixture: mix 1 part white paint to 1/4 part glaze. Using your regular paint brush paint on the white glaze mixture then remove excess with a damp rag. Continue this process until you achieve your desired look.

Graywash Steps

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DIY Custom Name Hangers

I’ve seen so many brides purchase these personalized hangers lately, so I decided to take a stab at creating my own. The craft is easier then you think, check out the tutorial and let me know how yours turns out. Thank you to my bride-to-be friends for letting me use their names for the hangers! Oh, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube Channel, the goal is to get to 1,000 subscribers!

Materials:

Tools:

  • Wood Glue (Gorilla)
  • Power Drill w/ 3/16 drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • (1) 8 x 11 piece of paper
  • Sharpie

Total cost: $5 for each custom hanger

Time: 1 hour

Steps:

  1. Create a template. Measure out the length of the hanger and then leave 2.0 inches of space on each end. This will act as your guide as you create the name when wrapping the wire.
  2. Take you wire and measure out 2.5 inches on the start end.
  3. Start to shape the letters. This wire is really flexible so you can just use your hands. If additional help is needed, then use the pliers. I suggest using lowercase script for beginners. 
  4. Drill hold bout 1 inch from each end of the hanger.
  5. Trim access wire, add glue to hole in hanger and secure wire into place.

Tips:

  • Your first time trying this craft will take you about 1 hour. Once you get the hang of shaping the wire, you will cut down on your time tremendously. It’s okay if they craft has a more rustic/handmade feel, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Paint the hanger (before you start the craft) to match the wedding colors.

Other Uses:

  • There was wire left over so I used it to make “place cards” for the bride and groom.  Leave a comment and let me know if you have any other ideas for how to use the wire to personalize your big day.

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