I have been a furniture-painting maniac lately. Whatever piece of wood I can get my hands on you can be sure will end up whitewashed, greenwashed, and anything in between. I (clearly) have a love for antique-looking furniture, so I've been painting everything to look that way. It's so much fun because I never have any idea how the finished product will look. It's like a piece of art, and I just keep going until I get the feeling right.
I use a washing technique in that I water down the paint, apply it to a pre-sanded surface, let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe it with a cloth, but I wouldn't exactly say that this stuff is "washed" in the true meaning of the term. I don't really know what I'd call it, but I'm pretty pleased with how this stuff has been turning out. I love that the paint is heavier in some areas and that you can see haphazard brush strokes all over. It really gives it a hand-touched and worn feeling that I love so much.
My two proudest projects are the greenwashed mirror and the whitewashed stairs, as you can see above. I actually bought two of those mirrors ($8 a piece, thrifted!), and did a similar paint job on both. I really love how the green mixes with the natural color of the wood. The stairs were something I had wanted to paint ever since I first moved in, but I was kind of nervous about how they'd turn out. Last weekend I was in a whitewashing mood, so I just went for it -- and I'm so happy. The dark original color gives the white paint a blue tint, which I think looks awesome. The stairs totally transformed the feeling of my apartment. It feels so much cozier and authentic. Every time I see them I think of a quiet snowy morning, when you walk downstairs in cozy socks and open your curtains, revealing a bright light and a beautiful blanket of fresh, white snow.
I never knew I could be addicted to painting furniture, but I'm totally getting there.