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Whitewashing

 
Whitewashing Whitewashing walls, wainscoting and furniture is an easy way to give any room a charming, rustic look. You can create this weathered effect by brushing diluted paint onto any raw wood surface. The diluted mixture can make for a messy job, so prepare to periodically wipe up paint spatters and drips as you go. When finished, you can go for a more aged look by randomly sanding some of the paint.

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Step 1: Mix

In a measured container, mix one part paint with one part water. Stir well.
  

Step 2: Apply the paint

Step 2: Apply the paint

Using a 2-inch tapered trim brush, begin painting in a corner, cutting in the edge and moving out. Paint from top to bottom, moving quickly. If you get unwanted spatters on an adjoining wall, wipe with a damp cloth and feather the edges with a paintbrush.

  

Step 3: Dab with a cotton cloth

Step 3: Dab with a cotton cloth

Finish one wall completely before moving to the next wall, or the stopping and starting points will be obvious. If desired, dab with a clean, dry cotton cloth to remove some of the paint, revealing more of the natural wood surface.

  

Step 4: Apply a second coat

Step 4: Apply a second coat After you allow the first coat to dry, add a second coat if desired.
  

Step 5: Remove tape and allow to dry

Step 5: Remove tape and allow to dry

Be sure to remove tape before letting paint dry. Otherwise, the tape may cause the dry coat to peel or crack off.