I’ve always loved the look of whitewash wood and shiplap. I just never could seem to find the right wall in my home for this project. Last year my hubby and I finished out an accent wall in my office using wood fence pickets. After pricing the shiplap, I was like… umm no. It was just a small wall and it turned great.
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How To Whitewash Wood Walls
Here is a quick list of the supplies that I used to complete my project.
- Painter’s tape
- Zinsser’s BIN Primer
- Foam roller
- Latex paint (I used Sherwin Williams)
- Dropcloth or old sheet
Prepping The Trim Around The Window
Let’s start off with the trim around my window. I painted one coat of Zinsser’s BIN Primer on my window trim. I wanted the trim to have a solid coat of paint to stand out and pop out amongst all that whitewash wood. The wood fence pickets I used around the window would definitely need to be sealed to prevent the wood tannins from bleeding through. After applying two coats of primer on the window trim only, I painted the trim with the Sherwin Williams interior paint that I already had in an off white color. Sorry, I don’t remember the color, but I just chose something in the range of a basic white.
Check out this cool wood decorative piece I rescued from an old buffet table. This was all that was salvageable, but it fits over my window perfectly! I was so lucky to have found this. It added just a little additional decorative touch to the window.
Protecting Your Floor
Now, before I begin my whitewash wood project, I know I will need to protect my floor. I recently painted my floor and the last thing I want is to have to repaint it. That’s a job! Painter’s tape can be your best friend when painting baseboards. I simply ran a strip along the floor of the baseboards first, and then secured my sheet/dropcloth to the tape. You may not need this extra step, but my floors are not smooth and this step created a smooth surface for the tape to adhere without slipping. Also creating an extra barrier to stop any paint from seeping under the tape.
Whitewash Wood Paint Recipe
To make a whitewash is very simple. I used latex paint and diluted it down with water. That’s it! Nothing fancy. I used a mixture of 3:1. Three parts water to one part paint. This is not a rule, but a guide. It depends on the amount of transparency you are looking for. More paint and less water, the more coverage. I mixed the paint and water in a small plastic bucket and used a foam roller to apply it to most of the raw wood walls. The paintbrush was used to cut in the areas that the roller couldn’t reach.
The results are GORGEOUS! Using a watered-down version of latex paint allowed the beautiful wood grain to show through. I couldn’t be more happy with the results of the whitewash wood walls.
Thanks so much for stopping by. That’s my office right there! Wanna see more? I’m in LOVE with the whitewash wood walls. See the full Office Makeover by CLICKING HERE!
Until the next project…