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How do you whitewash wood?

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To whitewash a wooden item, begin by sanding down the wood with 100-grit sandpaper. Then, prepare your whitewash by thinning out white latex paint with water. Roll the paint onto the wood, and then wipe the painted area with a sponge to work the whitewash into the wood grain. Let the whitewash dry, and apply a second coat if needed.

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Sanding down the wood before whitewashing it ensures that the surface is able to absorb the paint evenly. Make sure you brush away all of the wood dust before you begin painting. Although pre-made whitewash is sold in some stores, you can easily make your own by stirring together 2-parts latex paint and 1-part water. Every brand of paint is different, so test your whitewash to make sure it's the right consistency by applying a little to a piece of scrap wood. If it's too thin, add more paint. If it's too thick, stir in more water.

Once your whitewash is prepared, use a roller to coat your wood evenly, Then, use a soft sponge to wipe in the direction of the wood grain. This gives your item an evenly painted appearance. Let this first coat dry completely, and then apply a second coat if you want the whitewash to be less transparent. Once the item is fully dry, brush or spray on a polycrylic finish to prevent the paint from chipping or staining.

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