3 Simple Techniques to Whitewash Wood
Looking for that rustic whitewashed farmhouse look?
Try any of these 3 easy wood whitening techniques and turn drab into fabulous for your next project!
Technique #1 Paint and Water: Supplies
Using equal parts paint and water, the paint becomes semi-transparent and allows the wood grain to show through. This technique is best used on new woods or smooth surfaces and creates a smooth, controlled modern look.
- White paint
- Mixing glass
Technique #1 Painting and Water: Steps
- Mix paint and water to the desired consistency (for this example, I used equal parts).
- Dip the cloth in the mixture and apply it generously to the wood as if it were a stain, wiping with a cloth to distribute it evenly.
- Dry and repeat layers until desired opacity is achieved.
- For large projects, it is helpful to lay the planks on a flat surface, such as easels, when painting. Use these tips to buy or build your own easels.
Technique #2 Ink and Wax: Supplies
With this technique, use wax to mask high spots and grain on the surface of the wood before painting. It works on all types of wood and creates a vintage, chipped look. See how you can make new wood look worn.
- White paint
- White or clear wax candle
- Water (optional)
Technique #2 Ink and Wax: Steps
- Using the side of the candle, rub the wax vigorously into the wood, working quickly and sporadically, leaving wax on the surface.
- Paint the entire surface with white paint and let it dry until tacky, about 15-20 minutes.
- Use a cloth to scrub the surface, applying pressure to the wax areas to remove the ink. If desired, moisten the cloth with water to remove even more ink.
- If you are working on a large project, it may take more than a day to complete. Try these tricks to store your brush overnight.
Technique #3 Paint and Drag: Supplies
This technique works best on highly textured surfaces, such as rough or reclaimed wood, and creates a more rustic barn wood look.
- White paint
- Plastic scraper or wide putty knife
Technique #3 Paint and Drag: Steps
- Pour a drop of ink directly into the center of the plate.
- Use the scraper to drag the paint across the board and fill in the grooves in the wood grain.
- Repeat on required areas and allow to dry overnight.
- Final touches
- Lime add polyurethane
Now that you know how to whiten wood, choose the right technique for your project and the desired look. For all techniques, consider finishing with a layer of polyurethane to seal your hard work.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about How to Whitewash Wood
Source: The Craftsman Blog
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