How to Whitewash Beadboard Paneling

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  • 14-18 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-120
What You'll Need
Medium paint brush
12 pounds of salt
6 ounces of potash aluminum
45 pounds of lime
1 quart of molasses
5 gallons of hot water
1-1/2 of hot water
5 pounds of Portland cement
2 large buckets

If you are looking for a less expensive way of painting your beadboard paneling or any paneling, you might want to consider the process of whitewashing. The procedure of whitewashing is very similar to painting, but whitewash isn’t really paint. This is a very old procedure that was used often by the Indians of North America. They would use this procedure to color their stone walls and their houses that were made of clay. Whitewashing is done the same way as painting except for a few minor differences. It is a nice procedure that lasts for years without any kind of touch-ups needed. It is very inexpensive and lasts for quite some time.

Make the Whitewash

The first thing you will do is take one of the buckets and add the potash aluminum with the salt. Add the molasses next and immediately add 1-1/2 gallons of hot water. Stir until all of it is dissolved. Take the second bucket and dump all of the lime into it, then add the cement. Now you will add the five gallons of hot water. Stir to dissolve and the mixture becomes pasty. You will have to let this mixture sit for 12 hours before you can use it. After the 12 hours have passed, you will combine the two buckets of ingredients together to make the actual whitewash. Then mix until the whitewash is at a paint consistency.

Clean the Beadboard

Before applying the whitewash you will need to clean the paneling with warm soapy water. Allow the paneling to completely dry before beginning the whitewashing.

Remove Old Whitewash

Try to remove any stains and if this is going over the old whitewash, you must make sure that you remove it.

Tarp the Area

Lay down a tarp where you will be whitewashing because the whitewashing material is very hard to remove later.

Brush on the Whitewash

Once the paneling is ready, you should take your brush and dip only the tips of the bristles in the whitewash. You will then just sort of slap the whitewash onto the paneling. The tips of your bristles should barely bend when you are applying the whitewash. Very little pressure should be applied when putting the whitewash on the paneling. It may look blotchy when it is wet. Letting it dry overnight will bring out a beautiful white and bright surface to your paneling.

Remember the Following

Remember whitewashing paneling is just one of many different things that you can apply it to. You can also use it on fencing, basement walls, kitchen walls, and a variety of different outside building walls. Even some furniture can have whitewashing done on them. This can give some pieces of furniture an aged look if you use a cloth going over spots of the whitewash. It can also make certain pieces of furniture become accent pieces.