Shizzle Design | How to Create a White Wash – Limed – Weathered Paint Finish
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How to Create a White Wash – Limed – Weathered Paint Finish

How to Create a White Wash – Limed – Weathered Paint Finish

To create this finish, paint your piece in a medium to dark gray.  Apply a good coat of gray being sure to completely cover everything.  I typically apply two thin coats so I don’t miss anything.  Check out our large selection of colors here.
For the white washing, use any shade of white.  I personally don’t use the super bright whites or whites  that are too yellow for this application but you can use whatever you like to compliment your base color.
Water a little white paint down until it’s the consistency of milk.  I also pour a blob of paint onto a plate and use this in conjunction with the other.  It’s important to use a wide whispy dry-brushing brush for this application so you get random coverage otherwise you’ll completely cover the other color.

Dip brush into thinned paint and dab off on paper towel.  Make LONG, strokes in the direction of the grain.  While still wet, lightly dip the very tips of the bristles into the paint blob on the paint and dab so it’s not globby and thick anywhere.  Again, do very long strokes all the way across the piece of furniture without lifting if possible.  You’ll achieve much better results if there is hardly any paint on the brush.  It’s a lot easier to add more than it is to apply it to thick and then have to wipe some off.

I recommend messing around with this on a scrap piece until you get the hang of it.  I basically do this same technique for white wash, weathered wood and liming.

Create the look of Weathered Wood

Give a piece a faux lime wash
I layered a medium gray over a slate color before adding the white.  I love how it looks when you use three colors.
 
Create a Faux Zinc like to make your pieces resemble those pieces you love in 
Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.  This is requires several steps with dry time in between but I love the results.  If you’re interested in how to do this, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial.
Can you tell I love playing with this paint?
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Have fun painting!!   Shelly
10 Comments
  • Laura
    Posted at 03:03h, 13 September Reply

    What a fabulous job of highlighting all of the great things about CeCe Caldwell paints, Paint Made Easy! You do beautiful photography.

  • Marti
    Posted at 07:15h, 13 September Reply

    Hello,
    What is the beautiful color you have featured with the Dover White piece in the top picture? (white wash
    Also, I have a question, is primer needed prior to painting with these paints you sell?

  • Vicki
    Posted at 14:25h, 12 August Reply

    I would love a tutorial in the zinc finish! All of these finishes are superb! Thank you!

    • shizzle-design
      Posted at 09:07h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you!! I will as soon as I carve out the time. Right now I’m busy with my mom. We spent a week at the hospital in Ann Arbor and are now back home recovering but she has a long road ahead of her and I’m her only caregiver.

  • Dotte
    Posted at 08:04h, 13 August Reply

    Please do a tutorial for the faux zinc… Thanks

    • shizzle-design
      Posted at 09:06h, 16 August Reply

      I will as soon as I carve out the time. Right now I’m busy with my mom. We spent a week at the hospital in Ann Arbor and are now back home recovering but she has a long road ahead of her and I’m her only caregiver.

  • SONDRA GARACIA
    Posted at 09:23h, 13 August Reply

    Shelly, I would love to see a tutorial on the Faux Zinc. Thank you for your great tutorials!

    • shizzle-design
      Posted at 09:06h, 16 August Reply

      I will as soon as I carve out the time. Right now I’m busy with my mom. We spent a week at the hospital in Ann Arbor and are now back home recovering but she has a long road ahead of her and I’m her only caregiver.

  • Robin
    Posted at 12:46h, 15 August Reply

    Yes, please to a tutorial on the zinc finish!!! Thanks so much!!!

    • shizzle-design
      Posted at 09:06h, 16 August Reply

      I will as soon as I carve out the time. Right now I’m busy with my mom. We spent a week at the hospital in Ann Arbor and are now back home recovering but she has a long road ahead of her and I’m her only caregiver.

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