Do you want to brighten up your space or do a home makeover but can’t let go of that old but still beautiful wood paneling? Or do you have a piece of wooden furniture you want to spruce up? Try whitewashing it!
From walls and ceilings to tables, shelves, and cupboards, whitewashing can make everything look a whole new level of pretty! On first glance, sure, it’s white and it may seem like a white tornado hit wood surfaces. But whitewashing is actually quite versatile, and will give you different looks- from modern to vintage or rustic- depending on how you do it.
Ready to start on your next DIY project? Prepare your materials, then follow these steps!
The process, no matter which technique you go with, is easy. You just need the following materials:
As for how white you want the final look to be, refer to this water to paint ratio:
You should always test your mixtures on a small sample area or discarded wood to make sure you get the results you expect. Once that’s all done, here are 4 easy ways on how to whitewash wood to achieve your dream look:
Whitewashing with paint and water
Diluted paint creates a clean, even, and modern look. To achieve this,
Whitewashing with paint and candle wax
Using candle wax gives the wood a more vintage look by masking uneven surfaces and grains. Here is how to do it:
Whitewashing with paint and a scraper
When working with rough surfaces or reclaimed wood, doing the scraper method creates a rustic look. To do this,
Whitewashing with oil based paint
There are an endless number of materials to combine that will produce a fresh look of your existing wood surfaces. When you want that look combined with say your kitchen cabinet paint then consider an oil-based paint to give your project a more durable coat. Here are the steps to prep and paint your project:
That’s it! Whitewashing wood is an easy and fun DIY project that even beginner DIY craftsmen and hobbyists can do. Once you’re done, you can choose to add more detail using decals, engravings, paint, and so on, or keep it bare for that serene aesthetic.
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