How to Create a Color Wash Patina on Furniture

Project details


1 out of 5 Easy



Estimated Time

4 hours

This technique adds subtle color while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Try it on unfinished pieces with paneling details for the wash to accentuate, like the cabinet pictured.

Color Wash Tint Wood Steps

1. Paint on a Thinned Base Coat

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Tip: On brand-new wood, thin the paint less, say, 4 or 5 parts to 1.

2. Wipe Off Paint

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3. Apply Dark Wax

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4. Remove Excess

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Tools & Materials

  • Round brush
  • Rags
  • Wax brush
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