Old 12-08-02, 10:42 AM
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Question whitewashing

I am re doing my kitchen cabinets. I would like to whitewash them, I think. How do I do this technique?
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Old 12-08-02, 11:45 AM
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The old way ....

The only whitewash that I know about for wood is a homemade recipe used by artisans dedicated to restoring antiquites.

It's simply made by mixing a batch of quicklime and water. Some folks will also add flour or chalk for deeper color and even a little Elmers type glue for adhesion - but this kind of whitewash is very impermanent and washes away from regular cleaning.

If you're heart's set on trying this old recipe; buy a small bag of lime, put some in a metal or plastic conatiner (mixing generates heat so don't use wax sealed paint buckets), and add water and mix until you get a paint-like mixture. Brush it on some scrap and see what you get.

To get deeper tones add chalk. You use the same white chalk sold for snap line chalkboxes or you grate blackboad chalk.
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