Whitewashing is essentially applying a light white coating over, usually, bare wood surfaces letting some of the wood grain show through.
You can make a type of whitewash from our White chalk paint by watering down the chalk paint and applying lightly to the surface in the direction of the grain. Before the paint dries you can mist it with some water and lightly rub back in patches until it is pleasing to your eye. If it is used on a high use area such as a tabletop you should seal it with a wax or varnish...unless of course you would like to develop the rustic aged look the finish will give you, over time, with wear and tear.
We developed our fabulous eco, NZ crafted Newton's Whitewash Stain as a solution to make this Whitewashing process even easier. It's different to the Chalk paint in that it is a specially formulated Paint Stain which can be used indoors and outdoors with no sealing required. It can be used on all sorts of unsealed wood such as plywood, pine, decking, pergolas, sanded wooden furniture etc.
It's super easy to use just paint or roller it on to your surface preferably in the direction of the grain.
Check out our tutorial here for a Newton's Whitewash furniture up cycle on an old oak table.
Here's an example of our Whitewash stain used to awesome effect on this South Island Pine warehouse ceiling.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, we love to be able to help.
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