DIY Aged White Finish

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So I guess I took a week off for myself. After slamming out projects last week, our hood and my barn door, and blogging about them I managed to stump myself. The other night I got un-stumped with my aged white finish.

So what is this aged white finish? Well that is something I love. And you will love! It makes any new piece of furniture look vintage AND farmhouse at the same time. Win! AND it is super simple, fist bump.

You are going to need 220 grit sanding paper, sanding block {I use this one by 3M I got mine at Menards but here is the Amazon link}, foam brush, white paint, water based spray varnish, and a wet towel to get this gorgeous aged white finish.

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DIY Aged White Finish

Creating your own aged white finish is super easy. I started mine at 11pm at night on our Z barn door. Literally this project can be done in one day if you time it right. Timing is everything.

First make sure your project is somewhat smooth, no rough spots. Then you just start slapping on the paint.  Okay so you don't want huge goobers and runs of paint, but a nice thick coat because that raw wood is going to suck it up.

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Like I said, I did the inside of my barn door at 11 at night and did the front side then the next morning. The paint usually takes about an hour to dry. Next take your sanding block and the 220 grit sanding paper and start sanding as much or as little of the white paint you want off. If you want to take this a step further, you can actually put on 2 coats of paint, but remember this adds to the time of the project. Using 2 coats of paint will give you a more white base after sanding. You won't see as much of the grain through 2 coats of paint, even with the sanding. After you sand, go ahead and wipe your project down with that damp towel.

Finish that Aged White Finish

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Now the fun, start shaking that spray can. I used a water based poly in semi-gloss. Semi gloss is such a nice sheen. Not too much glare and super easy to clean. I used water based because the aged white finish is, obviously, white. Water based varnish will not turn your finish an ugly yellow hue later. Tip: if you are buying a new can, have the paint department shake that baby before you bring it home. Spray poly can be such a wonderful tool. When used properly you can get a wonderful finish with minimal clean up.

Once you feel like you have shaken both arms off, start spraying your project, in my case my gorgeous z barn door. You should make sure that you are holding the can about 10-12 inches away from the wood. You should also be moving the can back and forth or up and down in even strokes. Making sure you have the proper distance and fluid movements means you will get a nice even spray pattern. No globs or runs for your project.

Your project will need 3 coats, with gentle sanding in between. Break out that 220 grit again. When using a water based spray poly you want to wait at least 30 minutes between coats. Note: coats must be done within 1 1/2 hours the first, naughty Netflix, otherwise you will have to wait 72 hours before you can spray the next coat.

After you spray your 3 coats of poly you should be left with a gorgeous aged white finish! I love mine, and I cannot wait to get to finish the rest of the wall and the closet facelift!

Aged white finish on my z barn door

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