How to white wash wood.

Want To Whitewash Your Wood? Now You Can!

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 boards. After pricing the shiplap, I was like… ummm no! It was just a small wall and it turned great.

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How To Whitewash Wood

How to whitewash wood.Here is a quick list of the supplies that I used to complete my project.


Prepping For Paint

How to whitewash wood using latex paint.



Before we began our project to whitewash the wood, I put one coat of primer on the trim around the window. Let’s start off with the trim around my window. Before I whitewashed the wall, I painted a 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 white. The wood fence boards we used 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 a off white color. Sorry, I don’t remember the color, but I just chose something in the range of white.


I painted primer on the trim before we tackled the whitewash wood project.Check out this cool wood decorative piece I rescued from an old buffet table. This was all that was salvageable, but it fit over my window perfectly! I was so lucky to have found this. It added just a little additional decorative touch to the plain window.


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This a before picture of the whitewash all.



Protecting Your Floor

I used painters tape before I attempted to whitewash the wall.Now, before I begin my whitewash 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 / drop cloth 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 Recipe

To whitewash wood, all you need is a good latex interior paint.To make a whitewash is very simple. I used a latex paint and thinned 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 wood wall. The paint brush was used to cut in the areas that the roller couldn’t reach.


How to whitewash wood using latex paint. #whitewashThe 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.


Look at the whitewash I did on my wood walls. I love how my office looks now!Thanks so much for stopping by. See the full Office Makeover HERE!


Until the next project… xo, Do