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.

Difficulty level : 
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.
Man painting a wall

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.

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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