Whitewash your wooden cladding

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Photos: ER Lombard
Photos: ER Lombard
A whitewashed surface, whether wood or brick, is right on trend.

A whitewashed surface, whether wood or brick, is right on trend; for this project, we whitewashed wooden cladding in four lovely different shades for added impact.

Applying this technique to wood changes its colour, but does not cover the grain.And remember, it only works on raw timber and not varnished surfaces; if you have a varnished furniture piece you want to spruce up with this specific technique, you need to sand it down first.

You will need

  • 250ml Tjhoko Paint in the colour Stone Wash *
  • 250ml Tjhoko Paint in the colour Lorain’s Cream *
  • 250ml Tjhoko Paint in the colour Vinia Stone *
  • Tjhoko Clear Glaze
  • Tjhoko Antique Brown Glaze
  • 4 x 50mm paintbrushes
  • 4 x pieces of mutton cloth (the size of a kitchen towel)
  • clean water to dampen the cloths

* You can, of course, use colours of your choice.

1 Premix the following in four containers: equal quantities of Stone Wash and Clear Glaze, equal quantities of Lorain’s Cream and Clear Glaze, equal quantities of Vinia Stone and Antique Brown Glaze and, lastly, 1 part water and 3 parts Antique Brown Glaze.

2 Dampen your clean cloths in water then squeeze out any excess. Keep these cloths close at hand.

Start with one of the horizontal slats on the wooden cladding. Paint a small section, using your 50mm brush and one of your premixed colours.

4 Now wipe evenly with a damp cloth until you achieve the desired effect.

5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 on a new unpainted slat, using your second colour. Do the same on the next unpainted slat, using your third colour. Then do the same with the fourth mixture. Alternate the four mixtures until the entire surface has been covered.

Did you know? 

By mixing Tjhoko Paint with one of Tjhoko’s glazes, you create a water-resistant and UV-resistant whitewashed surface. This meansit won’t only look beautiful but it will last a long time too!

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