Simple Whitewash Tutorial

Okay, we're taking it back to the very basics here this week - a simple, easy whitewash tutorial.  I actually used the whitewash boards pictured here to make the backdrop for all my Etsy photos (and in the next week or two I'm planning on whitewashing more boards to use for a gallery wall in our kitchen - stay tuned for that project!).  

Simple Easy Whitewash Tutorial

Materials: 

  • whatever you're planning to whitewash - unfinished furniture, wooden board to use for a sign, etc.
  • white paint (can be just about any kind of non-glossy paint)
  • plastic cup with water
  • brush (bristled brush if you want a dry, streaky affect; sponge brush for a more uniform look)
 Leftover ceiling paint works great to make your whitewash mixture.  

Leftover ceiling paint works great to make your whitewash mixture.  

How to: 

Dilute your paint with water - about one part paint to two parts water then simply brush the paint/water mixture on, letting it dry between coats.  
It will be pretty translucent at first, but keep building layers until you get the look you're going for.  I did quite a few coats to get it nice and white, but still translucent enough that the wood grain shone through.  

Whitewashed boards DIY

That's it!  Like I said, we're taking it back to the basics this week.  

 A closeup of the whitewash boards as my Etsy backdrop - I love the subtle texture it has!  

A closeup of the whitewash boards as my Etsy backdrop - I love the subtle texture it has!  

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