DIY Whitewashing Projects In and Outside of Your Home

Whether you’re looking for a way to get rid of that last bit of paint from your last home improvement project, or you’re just sick of the look of your same old floors, walls, siding or furniture, whitewashing is a technique worth looking into. What sets whitewashing apart from regular painting, is that it allows the texture of your underlying materials to shine through, giving your surfaces a refreshed feel without masking them completely.

 

Some tips to keep in mind when you’re whitewashing:

  • Whitewashing methods vary according to the surface you are working on. When it comes to wood, whitewashing works best on untreated pine. That said, this technique can also be used on many other surfaces where the desired effect is to loosely conceal the texture of the original materials.
  • Before beginning a whitewashing project, test your mixture on a scrap or small surface to confirm that it creates the desired look on your furniture or wall.
  • If you’re working with a grained surface like wood, paint in the direction of the grain.
  • As long as the paint has not dried, use soap and water to remove the mixture from your surface.
  • During application, ensure you are continuously stirring your whitewashing mixture well.
  • You may want to apply a water based sealant or a polyurethane over your completed project. If you don’t, you can expect your paint job to fade over time.

 

Check out these six surfaces you can try whitewashing on:

 

Your furniture

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Photo Source: designsponge.com

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Your hardwood floors

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The stucco on the exterior of your home

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Photo Source: www.familyhandyman.com

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Internal or external brick

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Photo Source: younghouselove.com

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Your stone fireplace

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Your pallet/plank walls or ceilings 

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Photo Source: remodelaholic.com

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Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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