Hi again!  I wanted to update our dated coffee table and I didn’t want to chalk paint.  You see, I’ve been chalk painting furniture for more than 10 years, before it was cool so I wanted to try something different!  I love Mediterranean farmhouse style furniture so thats the look I am going for! I’ll share my process below.

Here is a quick before:

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The first thing I did was give the table a quick sand, I figured out I would need some citristrip to remove the finish!

I used the spray citristrip & I followed the instructions on the bottle. To scrap, I used plastic putty scrapers NOT metal.  You do not want to damage your wood.  Next, I wiped the piece down then cleaned it with a sponge and soap + water..  Now, for the fun part..  I mixed straight Clorox and water in a spray bottle, sprayed the table and let the sun do it’s work!  I did this step about 4 times.  Here’s a few process pictures:

after the citristrip:

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After I got it to the color I loved, I thought, I need to seal it..  I used polycrylic clear matte finish.  The sealer makes it a shade or two darker so be aware of this!

Here’s  before I sealed it:

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This is how much it bleached it- about 4 sprays of bleach and out in the sun for a full day…  now for some current views:

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What would I do different? I would’ve bleached it a few more sprays, and sealed it with a pickling stain to achieve the true Mediterranean  feel I was going for.  BUT I do love the way it turned out!  What do you think?  Are you brave enough to try something outta the box?

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4 thoughts on “Furniture bleaching”

  1. I have an old antique stool that has a thick stain covering it; I will give this process a try, and inform you of my results. Thanks for a great project idea.

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