Refinish whitewashed beadboard

Old 10-30-06, 07:53 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Refinish whitewashed beadboard

I need help with an old farm house i own and it has beadboard walls that were whitewashed 70 years ago. There was sheetrock over it for the past 40 years and i need to clean it and whether or not to paint it or finish it. I would like for it to be a cabin look inside and therefore the refinish. However I am not opposed to painting.

Please help.
Old 10-30-06, 10:07 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 45,764
Received 867 Upvotes on 758 Posts
I don't know much about whitewash but would think that cleaning and then coating it with a solvent based primer would ready it for paint. I wouldn't expect it to be a fun job to clean it up enough for a stain or natural finish.
Old 10-30-06, 10:14 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Taylors, SC
Posts: 9,261
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
If the beadboard was whitewashed, it will have to have whitewash applied again. Whitewash is not as much a finish as it is a coating. It is not stable on wood, and will not hold paint or other modern finish.

It is possible to scrub the whitewash off, stabilize the surface by washing the cleaned surface with vinegar, then rinsing well with clear water. After the wall is dry, proceed with a good primer and top quality paint.

Hope this helps.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: