The Wall: How to Apply Limewash Paint

The limewash effect is a traditional technique that lends fantastic texture, warmth, and rustic style to a wall. Plus, it's quick and easy to reproduce at home. Here's how.

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Duration : 
1 day
Before You Start
There's no need to begin with a perfectly smooth wall, as the textured effect will hide any irregularities.

1
Prepare the Room

  • 1.1Ensure that the installation wall is sound and clean.
  • 1.2Place a tarp or drop sheet over the floor and use masking tape to protect the room.
  • 1.3Measure the surface to be painted.

2
Prepare the Paint

  • 2.1Mix 1 cup each of water and plaster.
  • 2.2Stir until combined and smooth.
  • 2.3Mix in 3 cups of paint.
Man mixing paint with joint compound to create a limewash paint
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Pro Tip

For this project, we recommend a natural tone like sand beige, clay yellow, or stone beige. Our choice was Mourning Dove (6183-31), but feel free to choose a colour that most appeals to you.

3
Apply Initial Coat

  • 3.1Use a stiff brush such as a stain brush to apply a thin and uneven layer of the mixture.
Man applying paint to a wall
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Pro Tip

The paint will dry very quickly, so try to avoid cutting. Aim to paint the whole wall at once and apply the paint in sweeping, random strokes for a textured and contrasting finish.

4
Apply Three More Coats

  • 4.1Allow the first coat to dry, then repeat the process three more times for four coats in total.
  • 4.2Once the final coat is done, remove the masking tape right away or it may be difficult to remove later.
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Pro Tip

Adding more coats will create a darker final result. There is no need to apply the mixture consistently as a shaded and textured result is desired. When applying the last coat, you can further enhance the texture by adding in some more joint compound.

5
Admire the Finished Project

  • 5.1Congratulations! You've created a stunning, castle-worthy wall in your very own home.
Textured beige wall with furniture
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