What Is Whitewash? 5 Things You Need To Know

For many years, whitewash has been a product at the core of the painting circles. For so long, painters have found it to be instrumental in giving walls, furniture, and other surfaces a white, opaque finish. It is a prevalent option for enthusiasts looking to create a rustic or vintage look. It can also be quite effective in brightening up spaces. So, what is it? Here is a list of five things you need to know about the product.

Upclose of a whitewashed dressser

  • Whitewash Consists of Lime and Water

Whitewash is usually made from a mixture of lime and water. Lime is a derivative of limestone, which is heated to create quicklime. This quicklime undergoes a chemical reaction when mixed with water, resulting in a thick white paste. You can dilute this paste with more water, creating a paint-like consistency.

  • Whitewash is Not the Same as Paint

Contrary to common belief, whitewash is not paint. Most people loosely refer to it as a type of paint, but in the real sense, it is not. Paint is typically made from more pigments and binders that create a durable, long-lasting finish. Whitewash has a long-lasting finish as well but typically not as pigmented thus creating the whitewash appearance.

Whitewashed dresser

  • You Can Apply It on Several Surfaces

Whitewash is a versatile finish. This means it is usable on a wide range of surfaces. You can apply it on walls, ceilings, and furniture. You can even use it on outdoor structures like fences and sheds. If you are going for a rustic or farmhouse look, whitewashing is the perfect solution. Furthermore, you can use it in more modern spaces to add a touch of texture and visual interest.

  • You Can Customize Whitewash

Conventional whitewash typically comprises lime and water. However, you can add several materials to create different effects. For example, you can add pigments to create a colored look. You can also incorporate sand or other textures to create a more rustic look. Pre-made whitewash products are also available. Dixie Belle Paint has whitewash products in oil-based as well as water-based. Picklin’ White No Pain Gel Stain and Voodoo Gel Stain in White Magic are perfect choices for a beautiful whitewash finish.

Whitewashed foyer table

  • Whitewash Requires Proper Preparation and Application

To achieve a successful whitewash finish, proper preparation and application are key. The surface should be clean and free of any debris or old paint. Apply it in thin layers is also essential, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next. You can use a brush or roller for application. You can also use a sprayer for a more even finish. Additionally, wearing protective gear during the process is imperative. These include gloves and eye protection when working with lime-based whitewash.

This technique was initially applied to houses in places like Greece and England for its fire-retardant properties. Since then, it has been instrumental in many fields, including interior and exterior décor. Modern-day whitewash products mimic the appearance of properties whitewashed long ago. However, they do not flake or require constant re-application.

Whitewashed end table with transfer

Achieve a Clean and Sophisticated Look with Dixie Belle Products

Dixie Belle offers a wide variety of materials for different applications. To recreate this look, consider our No Pain Gel Stain or Whitewash Glaze. No Pain Gel Stain is an oil-based stain that provides deep, full coverage on wooden surfaces. Meanwhile, our Whitewash Glaze is best applied on furniture, natural wood, fireplaces, cabinets, and more.

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What Is Whitewash?



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