Mar 31, 2015

Whitewashing DIY Guide #1

Whitewashing Wood: Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Use paint stripper and a scraper to remove any varnish from the wood. Pour hot water over the stripper to remove any stubborn bits.
  2. Degrease the wood with a sugar soap solution and allow it to dry.
  3. If you are wanting the wood grain to show through, mix 50% Plascon White Cashmere and 50% Plascon acrylic scrumble together in a bucket.
  4. Apply a generous layer of the paint mix onto the wood and let it dry for a day. The acrylic scrumble is a paint retarder and requires 12 hours drying time. (REMEMBER: The more layers you use of this paint mix, the lighter the wood will become)
  5. Finally, seal the wood with a Plascon water-based sealer. Apply two coats and let it dry after each application.

Handy Painting Tip!

Prior to painting your walls a new colour, it is important to paint a white basecoat beforehand. Especially when your original colour is yellow!

How to Limewash Wood


Whitewashing DIY Guide #2

How should I go about painting my pine table white?

If there is varnish on your pine table that is in good condition (and you wish to paint the table a flat white rather than a whitewash – in which case you would have to remove the varnish entirely) you can lightly sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper. Wash it down with a sugar soap solution and then apply a primer followed by an acrylic PVA or water-based enamel. Sand lightly between coats.

Handy Painting Tip!

It is essential to paint a white background on your painted or raw plaster wall when painting up colour samples for the true colour. Having painted your colour samples you have selected, allow the colour to settle for at least 2 to 3 days and view the colours at different times in the day.