Thomas Jefferson’s home, situated on top of a lovely green hill in Charlottesville, Virginia is visited by more than half a million people each year. Why? It is a beautiful and creatively designed neoclassical piece of architecture, planned by the president himself. He filled it with inventions and souvenirs from his travels, and the grounds teemed with a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers he cultivated outdoors.
Schoolchildren and scholars visit Monticello to enjoy its unique beauty and imagine life 240 years ago. When the expert preservationists at Monticello needed to update some of their whitewashed finishes guess whose paint they decided to trust? Ours! We’re so proud! We make a Simulated Whitewash (simulated because it is not made with lime as it once was) that has been endorsed by museum curators and professional historic paint consultants.
Historically whitewash was a water and lime mixture used to insulate buildings by reflecting heat, and was also put on the base of fruit trees to deflect insects and protect form frost.
Now whitewash is used mainly for decorative purposes. We’ve seen people use it on walls, chairs, coffee tables, decorative trays, and even small frames. It adds a beautiful old fashioned effect. We’re proud to see it used at Monticello, we hope it will become a part of your history as well! Send us photos of your whitewashed pieces.