Coastal Style & Bleached Furniture Ideas

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Bleached furniture ideas with lots of inspiration PLUS different ways to achieve this look! 

Hello sweet friends!

It’s no surprise around here that I love light colored wood and the coastal look, right? I live right by the coast so it makes perfect sense for me. However, I do believe you don’t have to live near the coast to love this look.

Bleached wood, light colored wood is really big right now. Or seems to be, huh? I just love the light, classic look of it.
Plus I love seeing the wood grain in the furniture. Don’t get me wrong, I do love paint and painted furniture, for sure, but I love a classic wood piece from time to time too!

If you love this look or have been thinking about giving it a try, I hope this post will provide some inspiration to you. I’ve rounded up 10 different “bleached” projects all in one easy place for you to find them. And not all of them use the same technique. I did varying things to get the looks you see below so be sure to hop over and check out the tutorial on each of them!

Bleached Furniture Ideas

bleached small secretary desk with mirror over top

This is more of a bleached/washed look but perfect example of “coastal style”.
Read about this makeover here.

side table with bleached top and white base beside white couch

I turned that orangey stain around and gave it bleached/driftwood-ish look.
Read all about this makeover here.

dark painted dresser with bleached drawer fronts

I used white stain to give this one the ultimate bleached look. Worked great!
Read all about this makeover here.

aqua chairs with bleached table top and white base

I bleached this orangey top SO well I decided to change it! haha! But it would’ve looked great like this with a darker base. I wanted to keep the base white so I opted to change it up a little.
Read all about this makeover here.
And read how I changed it here.

light colored wood table top with aqua glass vase

I called this more of a “pickled” wood look. It’s amazing how you can transform these old orangey-oak pieces.
Read more about this makeover here.

small round side table bleached light

I love using this technique to get the wood this color. I’ve done it several times now.
Read more about this makeover here.

top view of oval table with French script painted on

This is an oldie! But I kind of did a similar thing to get to this color.
Read all about this makeover here.

white console table with bleached wood top

Another bleached beauty!
Read all about this makeover here.

small tall wood box bleached with aqua knob on lid

These techniques are not just for furniture pieces, they work great for small decor too!
Read more about this makeover here.

wood white dresser with gold knobs

If you love this fresh look, hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration for your own makeovers, big or small!

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Bleached furniture ideas with lots of inspiration PLUS different ways to achieve this look!

Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. You’ve definitely got this process down pat. I love them all. I have a cocktail table in our lake house I’ve considered doing this to.

  2. EXCELLENT bleached wood transformations, Nancy. Every single piece is amazing – and I love that look so much too!

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