How to Whitewash Wood for a Vintage Look
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How to Whitewash Wood for a Vintage Look

Whitewashed wood offers a vintage look and evokes visions of surfaces. You can do it for brightening the walls, farmhouses, barns, fences, and many more. This eco-friendly coating has no volatile organic compounds at all. Furthermore, it also costs less because of two ingredients: hydrated lime. However, you may also whitewash with paint by spending a bit more money. Hence, it is a safe, fast, and inexpensive wood treatment option. This article will teach you how to whitewash with water-based paint and hydrated lime.

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Whitewash with Hydrated Lime:

Hydrated lime whitewash, also known as True Whitewash, has the advantage of low cost. As shown by the name, it has lime as the main ingredient. Salt is essential for enhancing whiteness, and water for dissolving the lime. However, it is not suitable for frequently touched surfaces.

Always take safety precautions when handling caustic lime powder. You must wear a good-quality dust mask, rubber gloves, and goggles when pouring or mixing the solution.

Whitewash with Paint:

With water-based paint, you can get an attractive whitewash in a breeze. Before starting the process, thin down the material by mixing an equal amount of water to give it a soupy consistency. With a rougher brush, you can replicate the effect of traditional whitewash.

A faux whitewash is an ideal option for indoor applications because it does not have a chalky feel. However, simulating the old whitewash look may require some creative efforts.

Required Material and Tools

For Hydrated Lime Whitewash

  • Hydrated masonry lime
  • Salt
  • Dust mask
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket

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For Faux Whitewash

  • White latex paint
  • Cloth rags
  • Spray bottle

For Both

  • Sandpaper
  • Rough or chip brush
  • Wooden stick for stirring

Step 1- Sand the Wood

Before starting the whitewash, sand the wood for exposing and opening up the wood fibers. It will also scuff away impurities on the surface, which might affect the coating.

Step 2- Mix the Materials

For hydrated lime whitewash, add 6 pounds of salts in 1.5 gallons of water. In another bucket, put 25 pounds of hydrated lime and 2.5 gallons of water. Now, pour the lime solution into the saltwater and stir well. Let the mixture sit for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours before brushing it on any wooden surface.

For faux whitewash, mix water and paint equally in a bucket. Do not fret if it seems too watery.

Step 3- Start Brushing

With both options, start brushing the wood in the direction of the grain. Do not spill too much paint because you will be making many coats. Faux paint also needs twists with rags and a spray bottle, so you will have to work more carefully than a lime whitewash. If any area gets thick paint, thin it down with a quick spray and clean with the brush. Use rags to wipe away the paint where necessary. You will have to make sure the surface is nearly dry to touch, not wet or soggy.

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Step 4- Apply More Coats

You must wait at least one hour before applying for more coats. Faux whitewash will look good after a single paint-coat, while lime whitewash might need two coats. Apply as many coats as required, let the material dry before starting the next.

Bonus Tips

If you want to whitewash new wood, stain the wood first to take out knots, grains, and other features. With the sandpaper, scuff random spots or edges to add an antique appearance. We hope you will be ready now to give a new look to your home’s wooden surfaces without any trouble.

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    98 Wilson,
    New York, New York, United States

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