There were a few differences to note between the two. The Dakota was smaller by a couple inches and obviously sported a yellow-wood top, while the Box Frame was whitewashed. But the designs were nearly identical. Metal frames with wood tops. And then I thought, I am sure I can whitewash! I read in the description that the Dakota had a solid wood top, with “distinctive pine grain” which seemed like the perfect candidate for a good sanding. Clear cut decision–Dakota it is.
Before it arrived, we decided that we’d live with the “natural” (super-poly’d) wood for a little bit to make sure we definitely wanted to white wash it, but it only took one day, before we were sure.
Then I’d wait a minute or two and lightly wipe off excess with a paper towel and let the rest dry for about 10 minutes.
I ended up repeating the process four times until the layers of gray wash built up to an opacity I was happy with, which happened to be this:
We think the result is pretty close to the West Elm version. Which means, if you can whitewash, you can save $250. And let me tell you, you can whitewash.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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