How to Create your own Whitewash Paint

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:

  1. White paint
  2. Water
  3. Container or cup that will allow you to measure (I like these from The Home Depot)
  4. Paint brush or roller depending on how big of a surface you are planning on painting.
  5. Rag

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

  1. Simply mix white water-based paint with water to the desired consistency.
    1. NOTE: A 1:3 paint-to-water ratio will give a thin, translucent coating that doesn’t need to be wiped or dry brushed.
    2. NOTE: A 1:1 ratio will give a thicker coating that can be wiped or sanded for a distressed look.

How to Create your own Whitewash Paint

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.

Why do people whitewash wood and furniture?

In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing brightens the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural grain to show through. The light color and pleasingly imperfect aesthetic of whitewashing make rooms appear more comfortably lived-in, even friendlier—making it popular in a modern farmhouse, charming cottage, and relaxed beach interior schemes.
How to Create your own Whitewash Paint
With just a few simple steps, you can whitewash anything in your home. So what are you going to whitewash? Tell me below and I’ll be sure to share the photo of it on our social media!
Happy Crafting Y’all!

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