Whitewash Fail & the Dining Room

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Hello Friends!

Happy New Year!

I started the year off with a DIY fail. Do you know what it was? Well, you see that old cabinet in the dining room? It’s such an awesome piece. It’s actually a vintage pantry.

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That picture above is the original color. I wanted it to be lighter but without having to strip it. (lazy)

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I bought white wax and clear wax to see if applying that would work. In my head I was thinking it could turn pinkish and I hesitated but then I sampled a corner of the cabinet to see what it looked like.

It was evening and dark outside and at first I couldn’t tell how it looked so I gave the whole thing the same treatment.

 

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The next morning the sun came shining in and….

It looked awful!!!!

Do Not white wax dark wood! It just makes the wood look cloudy and dull.

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You can see the white in this picture. (sigh)

I searched for tutorials for this and honestly, found no good results. Some people used glaze, which would give a similar affect but the result was so ugly (to me). So why did I try? I couldn’t get it off my mind.

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I’m not sure where I am going with it from here. It may not even stay in the dining room at all.

Who knows.

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I made the best of it and styled the top in vintage finds and greens.

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This is pretty much the only wall on the first floor that I can display a tall furniture piece because all the other walls have windows.

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The table center piece is a galvanized tray with living greens and a birdhouse. I love birdhouses in winter decor.

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I think I will dark wax over the cabinet or paint it. Do you have an opinion? Let me know in comments.

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I thought I would share this fail just in case you thought this might work too.

Have a wonderful January!

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Christine Vandormolen
January 15, 2020 2:43 pm

Heyaaaaa sweet Holli, Honestly in the pics it’s kinda hard to tell but I’m sure in person it’s much different. Can you take the wax off with a product? Well anywise…….your dining room looks lovely.

lynnatthevintagenest
January 15, 2020 6:41 pm

please don’t paint it! xoxo

lynnatthevintagenest
January 15, 2020 6:43 pm

Please don’t paint it…xoxo Miss You

Karen K
Karen K
January 15, 2020 9:17 pm

Please, please don’t paint it!! Have you tried a hardware store or even a Sherwin Williams to see if you can restore the finish to it’s original glory?