Whitewashing is a painting technique that lends a Swedish country look to wood while letting its rich grain show through. From the likes of this DesignSponge post on DIY whitewash, it seems like it's pretty simple task as well. Just mix up some white and gray paint with water and you're good to go. We think it would make a charming way to add some personality to humdrum furnishings and even unfinished doors. Get the step-by-step instructions.