The Best Way to Whitewash Wood
- Stain the wood (or leave it raw for a light finish).
- Mix 2 parts white paint (flat latex or matte acrylic both work fine) with 1 part water.
- Brush on the water/paint mixture in the direction of the wood grain.
- Use a clean rag to wipe off the paint in the direction of the wood grain.
Is there a whitewash stain?
Pine doesn’t have deep pores, so when you apply the whitewash pickling stain, it goes on evenly, but doesn’t soak deep into the pores of the wood. Let this coat begin to dry and use a rag to gently wipe off the excess stain across the grain. We don’t want to wipe the stain out of the pores.
How do you make a white wash?
Mix the whitewash.
- Mix 2 cups of salt with 1 gallon of warm water and stir to dissolve the salt.
- Add 6 to 8 cups of hydrated lime to the salt water.
- Mix well until the lime is dissolved.
- The mixture should be thinner than traditional paint.
How do you color wash wood cabinets?
Color Washing Paint Technique
- Mix or shake your paint.
- Take a wet washcloth (not dripping but not TOO wrung out) and dip it into a tiny bit of paint.
- With a dry paint brush, apply a small amount of paint to a board.
- Now take your wet wash cloth and wipe the paint in the direction of the grain, to a more uniform finish.
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