I am so excited about this wood bleached potato box makeover! This started as a bit of an experiment a couple weeks ago when I got this crazy idea to bleach a table top. Before I took the plunge off the deep end I wanted to test the process on a smaller project to see how I liked the results.
If you would like to try this technique on a project of your own grab these supplies.
Supplies for A Wood Bleach Project
In comes the old, ugly tater box. I got this as a birthday gift from my mom. She knew I was looking for one to add to my farmhouse kitchen, and I was so excited to get my hands on this thing!
A good sanding and this tater box is already looking so much better!
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The process itself is so simple. You apply liquid bleach, the same kind you use for cleaning or laundry, with a rag. Not too much where it is saturated but just enough to wet the surface of the wood.
After applying the bleach, allow the bleach to sit on the wood until dry to the touch. The wood with gradually lighten as it dries. Repeat the process as many times as you want for a lighter effect.
As of right now, this is as far as I have come with the project. I reassembled using the original hardware and plan to seal it with teak oil to finish. I will be sharing pictures styled in my kitchen very soon!
Ps…this look was after about 20 minutes of bleach sitting on the surface.
Stay tuned for the final reveal of the wood bleached potato box makeover!
This is the final result after about 48 hours of dry time. I am absolutely in love with the old world feel this piece now has. Sometimes all you need to do is strip away the gunk accumulated over the years and let the wood do the talking!
To address the concerns about smell, there is ZERO smell coming from this piece. The amount of bleach that made contact with the surface was minimal and it could not be smelled after is dried. I plan to store food in here once it has received a good oiling with beeswax or mineral oil.