White Wash and Painting
5 Ways to Use Whitewash Paint
Whitewash paint is often associated with a shabby chic style but can be used quite successfully with a variety of decoration styles. This is great for wood lovers who want to brighten up a room, as the technique lightens the wood to show through natural grains. Whitewash can add rustic charm and interesting textures to furniture, walls, ceilings, and cabinets.
How to Make Your Own Whitewash
Whitewashing is simple and inexpensive. Simply mix white water-based paint with water to desired consistency. A 1/3 paint-to-water ratio will give a thin paint, a translucent coating that does not require wiping or dry brushing. A 1/ 1 ratio will give a thicker coating that can be erased or sanded for a distressed look. Use a glaze or seal to add depth and durability to the finish.
1. Create an eco-friendly statement, farmhouse-style.
Whitewash can illuminate dark material and unify a space. It is well suited to using reclaimed materials for a rustic, farmhouse look. A pickup whitewash can help finish paneled wooden walls and ceilings to make a statement without overloading the space. Before you tear off the paneling or remove the ugly cabinets, consider a coat of whitewash. Want to see farmhouse style kitchens?
2. Introduce warm texture, Scandinavian-modern-style.
Whitewash is a great way to introduce the warmth of a colorless wood. Similar to a stain, the whiteness shows through the heat of the grain and wood. Pickle Stain works best on new materials and gives a rustic look.
3. Reinvent a vintage piece, beach-house-style.
Whitewash can change the wood furniture by brightening the color while keeping the details. Distressed patina gives the furniture a classic and comfortable look. This is a great way to replace old formal furniture to be known as a beach. Consider brushing white to allow the color of the wood to show through.
4. Update wood paneling and logs, transitional-style.
We are all looking at glamorous lofts with exposed brick walls. Whitewash can create that distressed feel with wood paneling or even log walls. Using this technique on all walls and ceilings provides a new experience with loads of texture. Instead of bright colors, introduce additional textures and wood tones with the furniture for a sleek, transitional look. For a more rustic look, use a thick white and remove it from the sand after drying.
5. Give a good look and character to reclaimed wood, industrial-style.
Unclaimed wood looks great with industrial style, but gray and brown can be dark and heavy. Whitewashed wood is a great way to illuminate an industrial space, a piece of furniture, or even cabinetry. Whitewash allows you to keep the age and texture of reclaimed wood and can add more character. After returning the whiteness, add a clear glaze, or wooden sealer to seal the drawers and cabinets. Avoid oil-based sealers, which may turn yellow.