White Washing Tutorial

Are you looking for a specific color that doesn't quite match anything from our line? Why not play around with mixing your own colors!

In this tutorial we'll show you how to mix tints, shades, tones, and colors. If you'd rather watch a video, we also have a video tutorial available towards the bottom of the page!

Step 1) Prepare your surface

If you're working with a raw wood surface, start by using a metal brush to open the pores of the wood. 

This technique works best on raw wood that doesn’t have a finish on it. But, if you have a nice piece of oak furniture with a clear finish, that you want to white-wash. we recommend a good sanding with medium grit sandpaper to rough it up and open up the pores of the wood, so that it can soak up the paint better.

Step 2) Apply Simplicity

You can apply the paint at full strength, or you can thin it with water (up to about 1 part of water to 2 parts of paint). Make sure to go in the same direction as the wood grain. 

You don’t have to get perfect coverage, just get it on about 75% of your surface. With white washing, you want give the wood a light wash, without getting full opaque coverage, because you want the wood grain to show through.

Step 3) Remove excess paint

Immediately after applying Simplicity, you’ll take a damp cloth and wipe away as much paint as you want to create the look you’re after.

Step 4) Build up in layers

If you realize you’ve taken off too much of the Simplicity, you’ll simply go over it again with another coat of paint and wipe it off again. You can build up your coverage in layers. 

That's all there is to it. Pretty simple isn't it?

We definitely encourage you to play around with blending our colors. There are endless possibilities!

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne mixing some beautiful colors first hand!

Click here to watch our video tutorial on white washing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MFGlVs9WXk
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