There are a various ways to breath life into antiques and using a bleach is a great method to get a better tone of raw wood that better fits your style. Let me tell you How to Bleach Furniture in this post using this Antique Wood Trunk.
How to Bleach Furniture Supply List:
Before Wood Bleach:
After Wood Bleach:
How to Use Wood Bleach on Furniture-Step by Step:
Before we talk about Wood Bleach and Bleaching Furniture I want to emphasize how safety precautions need to be utilized. The Bleach is very corrosive so please use the recommended safety equipment, goggles and gloves and preform the bleaching outdoors if possible. If you are interested in using the same wood bleach as I did, I picked up this wood bleach off of amazon, but you can also purchase it from Ace Hardware.
Using the manufacture Ratio recommendation, mix your powdered wood bleach into a bucket of water. Mix it occasionally and let it set to fully dissolve.
While the wood bleach is dissolving I like to clean the piece of furniture with a very damp wrap. This gets any unwanted dirt off the piece and also if there is a lighter top coat on the piece it’ll open the pores a little to let the bleach settle in.
Once Step 1 is done, using a wrap or cloth I apply a generous amount of the wood bleach onto the piece of furniture. Allow for the liquid to sit momentarily and then prepare to brush. My preferred tool to scrub away any clear coats or stains is an hard bristle vegetable brush. I have found it to be the perfect mixture of coarse but not too abrasive.
Spray with water and let it sit, preferably in a sunny spot.
Repeat Step 3 and 4 until you get a desired coloring of the furniture dry.
The sun is a great natural bleaching agent. You can use the sun to help brighten your white painted piece or help with wood bleach like we did. We left the trunk out in the sun to dry & our trunk was completely transformed. The wood bleach removed all of the stain and extra build-up from the trunk! I choose to leave the trunk unsealed, however, if you wanted to seal your furniture you definitely could. I absolutely love the new look of the trunk and it fits my personal taste so much more now.
The transformation of this piece is seriously more than I could have ever expected. For my first time using wood bleach, I am obsessed with this product & think it is completely worth it to get … Now it’s time to go wood bleach everything I own! Haha. I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation if you have other antiques you are looking to clean check out my post on cleaning antiques here! Thank you for stopping by the blog today and every day.