Making Whitewash Out of Paint

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Whitewash paint creates a soft aged look when applied to furniture and walls. The paint technique is seen in Americana, French country and shabby chic styles of interior design. The technique is simple to re-create but does take time and patience.

Though it's typically created using white paint, any colour of paint can create a wash. If white is too bright, consider off white, beige or taupe paint colours.

Choose the correct colour of white for your paint technique. Some whites have cool undertones and may appear slightly more grey or blue. Others are warmer with yellow, or golden, undertones. Bring a sample of the white paint into the room your project is intended for, to ensure the colours coordinate.

Mix together one part white latex paint, satin finish, with four parts clear glaze. Pour both into an empty gallon bucket and stir with a paint stick. The glaze and paint ratio may be adjusted. Add more glaze to increase the translucency of the wash, or add paint for a more opaque finish.

Practice your technique on a piece of wood, cardboard or drywall. Apply the whitewash with a rag, sea sponge, paintbrush or even a mesh paint roller. Often, the finished product is sanded for an additional distressed look using a sanding block.