Four Ways To Whitewash/Pickle Paint

27 Jan

Are you hoping to add a fresh white coat of paint, or a white “pickle” type effect to something in your house?  If so, yay! It’s going to be beautiful! I love white, it is calming and so fresh-looking.  Whether you are planning to paint walls, furniture, or even something small like a picture frame, we’ve got four options for you.

1. Simulated Whitewash Paint.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash applies with the ease of latex paints with none of the problems or hazards encountered when using whitewash. It may be used on unpainted or previously painted walls, ceilings, fences and more.

Apply it as you would any latex paint. Using a brush will help you create a slight design on the surface. You can roll the first coat and then go over it lightly with the brush. On unsealed exterior surfaces, it is recommended that you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236). on interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). Simulated White-Wash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints.









2. Pickle Mixture (Raw Linseed Oil + Pure White Paint)

Create your own “pickling mixture” by combing raw linseed oil and pure white paint in a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio.  Apply it to your wood.  Let sit 24 hours. Then wipe off.  Hint: do not polyurethane! It will yellow!

3. White Gel Stain 

Wipe on this easy to apply gel and ta-da you’re done!

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

Because of its new and different jell structure you won’t believe the ease with which you can use it. one coat is usually enough, but two coats are even better.  Here’s a link to an example of the gel stain on a variety of woods.

4. Buttermilk White Paint

Choose a white or cream shade of this paint, apply it, then wipe it off.

  • Water-base, requiring only soap & water cleanup
  • In areas of high wear, such as tabletops, a protective top coat of Clear Paste Glaze (#1400) is recommended.

Here’s a two minute video on YouTube that goes over these products and shows examples of things painted with them. 

There isn’t really a “best” way to achieve this look, so don’t feel pressured to make the right decision. Instead, read over these options and choose what feels good to you.  If you have questions, we’d love to talk with you.  We’ll listen to your project specifics and then make some recommendations!  Telephone: 800-498-7687 Call to talk to a real person!

To close, here’s a few photos of whitewashed/pickled projects. Happy painting.

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2 Responses to “Four Ways To Whitewash/Pickle Paint”

  1. Jan Hove January 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    If applied over varnished wood, would I need to sand it first?

    • oldvillagepaint February 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      You can paint without sanding, but it may not sink in as well as it would if you sand it first. I would sand it.

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