How to whitewash a rough surface

How to whitewash a rough surface

Whitewashing is a process of using diluted paint to bring out the natural grain, similar to wood stain.

It can be a tricky technique to master so practice on a scrap of similar wood first.

What I enjoy most about whitewashing, is its charm. It has a cool rustic richness that I really enjoy.


  1. For a successful result, whitewash on bare timber.
  2. Clean your project well, removing all traces of dirt, grease, wax and loose particles.
  3. Mix together 50% water and 50% Voodoo Molly Vintage Paint.  Stir well.
  4. Wearing disposable gloves use a paint brush to paint to only one side of the item - you want to work small areas at a time.
  5. Work quickly. Before the paint dries use a clean rag to wipe the paint off, rubbing in the direction of the grain.
  6. When dry add another coat of diluted paint if a deeper colour is required, again wiping off the excess before it dries.
  7. Once it is fully dry add a coat of  Voodoo Molly Vintage Wax  and buff to a soft sheen, or apply a coat of Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat or Voodoo Molly Wipe-On Clearcoat.