Making Wood Floors White

White Washing, also known as pickling, lye, or lime wash, has become very popular in America over the past few years as a way to lighten and finish wood without hiding the grain pattern.
Although it has recently become popular, this is not a new technique. It has been used in early architecture in the U.S. and Europe for many years.
This technique can be used on floors, furniture, cabinets, walls, and more. It is known for being versatile with the ability to match a variety of decorating styles from rustic to formal to modern.

So how do we achieve a White Washing look? There are a few different ways to achieve it, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are two of our recommendations.

1 – Rubio Monocoat finish
This finish is easy to achieve in only 1 or two coats, meaning there is little build-up and relatively easy application. As with all white wash finishes, this will allow the grain to show through.
You will notice with a quick look around our website, we highly recommend Rubio Monocoat stains and finishes & have used them in a variety of different works. The only disadvantage is this whitewash will have a low sheen, but that can also be a plus.
Monocoat natural oil can cover an average of 400 sq. ft. of floor with one application (with a 1 liter can).

Make sure that no matter what stain you are using, stir it well first. The pigments can often settle on the bottom.

2 – Bona White
This is a primer that can be used to create a whitewashed look. The level of whiteness achieved will depend on the number of coats applied. According to, “Bona White will also reduce yellowing. It’s designed for easy roller application and compatible with practically every wood species.”
Other advantages include GreenGuard approval (low indoor emissions).

Other Notes:
-Previously whitewashing required thinning out paints/stains to create the opaque white look, but this is no longer necessary if you have the right product.
– Oil based stains will dry more slowly than water based, and will give off more fumes. Make sure if you are using oil based products that the area is well ventilated.
– It’s never a bad idea to test your stain or primer first on a small swatch of wood, ideally the same type of wood that you will be applying it to.

Inspiration Photos:

Check out some of these Whitewashing looks for some ideas to inspire your next project !

Source: Perfectly Imperfect Blog

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