Are you thinking about redesiging your kitchen with a white and light French Country Cottage Look, but not sure where to start? Although the thought can sound a bit daunting and the visuals aren’t coming to mind, you’ve come to the right place! Between my husbands Kitchen Design expertise and my interior design collective, we will provide the answers you’re looking for and inspirations to help you get your new kitchen design started.
What Are White Washed Oak Cabinets?
And how is it finished?
White washed wood is most created with oak, through a process called pickling. Pickling is the most common choice for white-washed staining oak.
Pickling Oak Wood Steps:
Step 1: Remove Hardware. Remove the drawer and door hardware.
Step 2: Clean Cabinets.
Step 3: Sand Surfaces.
Step 4: Apply Stain.
Step 5: Let Stain Dry.
Step 6: Wipe Away Stain.
Step 7: Repeat to Get Desired Look.
Step 8: Varnish Over Stain.
For most kitchen rennovation projects, my best recommendation would be to hire a finishing expert. A kitchen is typically too big for a typical DIY project, but that decision is up to you, your will, and your budget.
If projects is what you are looking for, I have found great sources that will show you how to try pickling yourself.
Timber and Tea’s “How to Whitewash” is a great resource that will teach you multiple ways to capture the best white washed pickling look. [Click HERE to watch]
As well as by Angela Marie Made | How To Whitewash Wood with Stain [Click Here to watch],
The Trend of Light and Bright Wood in Kitchen Design
Like every trend under the sun, the white washed cabinetry look comes and goes. Through the different decades, have arose a variety of looks that lead the trends for that time. In 2020, light and bright natural and neutral tones are top on the design trend, which brings a new generation of white washed oak up to the for front of Coastal Cottage, French Country, and today’s mid-century designs.
Kate Marker Interiors designed a beautiful French Country Kitchen proving the elegance the light wood is not only timeless but organically pleasing in this Grey Oak Project on https://www.katemarkerinteriors.com/greyoak
Benefits of Designing With White Washed Wood
I’m loving the new generation of the traditional concept of white washed cabinets.
Fun fact: Pickling dates back to the days of Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer! So the concept is timeless and will continue to ebenflow through the design industry for generations to come, when styled right.
The look of whitewash cabinets can brighten a room without using paint and allow the wood’s natural grain to show through. You can accomplish this look on your own to large projects like Kitchen rennovations to small DIY projects of shelfs, furnture, as well as hard surfaces like ceiling, steps, floors and accent walls.
Best of all, you capture a sophisticated look in a less formal and more affordable way!
Examples of White Washed Design
In the Kitchen:
My first example of a stunning white oak Kitchen design is by Tribe Design Group, founded by Designer Brooke & Meredith
I love the look of this kitchen from floor to ceiling. The simplistic stove hood and how it’s accessorized is on point, the dangling chandelier adds character, and the woven white island stools bring the perfect blance between classic and modern design.
On the ceiling:
The A Pop of Pretty, Keri shows you both examples of beautiful pickling ceilings as well as instruction on how to DIY at home. To learn more [click here]
On The Floor:
Over the past year, light white oak has become widely popular in the world of design. All the top designers are using white oak flooring in their designs. Studio McGee took this design to the next level with harringbone flooring for their mudroom project, check out the beauty here. I just love all the little details, from the white shiplap ceiling, to the nautical chandelier, navy cabinets with gold hardware, and a hit of white wash details built into the cabinetry as well as via the bench. Studio McGee is always top on my design inspiration list!
What Styles Best Fit The White Washed Look?
Most common interior desgn styeles are Coastal Cottage, French Country, and today’s spin on mid-century designs – and is being applied by all the top designers in my home of Orange County and throughout the world. Just Google “White Washed Design Trends” and a plethera of design inspiration will display.
You can visit my “White Washed Oak Trend” Design Board on @Pinterest. All my boards are evolving daily so be sure to check back on what’s new and trending.
If you have any questions that weren’t answered in this article, please leave them in the comments below!
I’m also easy to reach at Erika@Erikasdesigncollective.com