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.
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