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Use whitewash painting to update a orange toned wood table

A very good friend of mine recently was getting rid of an old table and very generously asked it I wanted it! She said she knew I could work some “magic” with it.I don’t know about magic, but I knew once I saw it I wanted to give it a whitewash painting treatment. I really liked the shape of the table and the natural wood, I just wanted to tone the orange undertones down a bit, and give it a slightly higher-end look, and I wanted it to be a little lighter as well.

How to tone down orange colored wood

I love the shape of the legs on the table, and that it was oval instead of rectangle. It’s a smaller room, so by getting rid of corners on our table, it opens up the clearance a little bit. The table also came with two leaves which I can’t wait to use this Thanksgiving!

While you can mix up fancy paint, but for my whitewash painting,I used (affiliate)Decoart Outdoor Living Paint. It already has the sealer in it!

After cleaning the table so it was free from dirt and oils, I brushed on with a foam brush,

How to whitewash table legs

and then immediately wiped it in and off with a paper towel.

Wipe paint off of wood to whitewash paint

Any areas that I wanted with more whitewashing,I would just go back over them.

Whitewash painting

On tabletop, I used a washcloth to wipe in in and work it into the wood. I ended up doing 2 -3 coats to get the looks I wanted.

Table after DIY whitewash painting technique

Once it was dry, it was ready to use. I might do an extra coat of Polyacrylic on the top because my kids are so difficult on furniture.

whitewash painting technique to tone down orange wood

I love how it fits so much better in our space!

Using whitewash painting to update down orange tonedwood

I’m starting to add small holiday touches before the big holiday home tour the week of November 28th!

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For more painting table ideas, you can see how to paint dip-dyed table legs.

Dip dye painted table ideas update

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