Decoration For Rooms
Exactly as its name implies, colourwashing involves the application of a ‘wash’ of water-based paint onto a wood surface to create thin, transparent layers of colour.
Build up colour and texture bit by bit, painting over previous layers and moving the paint around with the brush. The application of the paint can be quite rough and uneven to give a lively, ‘loose’ effect. If, however, you want the finish to be quite even, apply a final coat in a paler colour. Take care to ‘contain’ the unevenness by setting the finished piece
The wonderful patina and character of weathered slabs of old wood have been enhanced by using a liming technique. The creamy white wash sits in the grainy surface of the wood, but still allows the original colour of the wood to show through. The white colour scheme of this room is complemented by the use of this technique of painted furniture against a clean-looking background. Colourwashing with three colours achieves a rich, intense depth.
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Colourwash with a wax resist
Painted or colourwashed furniture can be given a slightly beaten-up, weathered look using a wax resist. Wax resists the paint and can be rubbed off at the end of the process to reveal the base layer — whether it is the original wood, or a painted or enamel-varnished surface.
Beeswax polish, or rubber glue that can be removed easily, should be applied over the base coat with a small brush in streaks or
blobs. The more worn out the finish you require, the more wax or glue you should apply. Once dried, paint on a layer of emulsion paint and allow this to dry overnight. Then apply subsequent diluted layers. When the last coat has dried, use an old cloth and a scraper to remove the wax or glue, exposing the base and other layers of paint. Finally give the whole piece a light sand.