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Wood Bleached Potato Box Makeover

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!

ODL TATER BOX

A good sand­ing and this tater box is already look­ing so much bet­ter!

Check out the sped up sand­ing and bleach­ing process on FACEBOOK

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.

WOOD BLEACHED PROJECT

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!

wood bleached box with rusted hardware
RUSTED HARDWARE ON POTATO BOX
WOOD BLEACH POTATO BOX
wood bleach potato box

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.

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