If you’re looking for a way to brighten a room or revive an old piece of furniture, a whitewashed finish may be just the thing.
You can definitely purchase whitewash, but if you are anything like me that has a ton of paint and paint samples you can create your own very simply and inexpensively.
Things you will need to create your own whitewash:
- White paint
- Container or cup that will allow you to measure (I like these from The Home Depot)
- Paint brush or roller depending on how big of a surface you are planning on painting.
You can make your whitewash custom to the look you are going for with this simple ratio below.
How to create your own whitewash paint
- Simply mix white water-based paint with water to the desired consistency.
- NOTE: A 1:3 paint-to-water ratio will give a thin, translucent coating that doesn’t need to be wiped or dry brushed.
- NOTE: A 1:1 ratio will give a thicker coating that can be wiped or sanded for a distressed look.
How to apply whitewash paint
With a brush or rag of your choice using the water/paint mixture, you will want to apply it in the direction of the wood grain. I tend to like to use a rag or a foam brush as it helps to apply an even consistency.