Whitewashing Pallet Wood

To give the camper a different look from being ALL pallet/barn wood, I decided to whitewash the ceiling. Take in mind, MUCH easier to do if it is NOT on the ceiling, but easy.

50/50 mix of a white paint, and water. I picked a paint from Lowe’s, that I bought that was an oops paint for $6.  I found an old easter bucket and pour about an inch of paint, and added water. I picked an old brush. I could have just sponged it on…I really didn’t need ‘bristles’ to do anything, so if you have an old brush, go for the older, icky bristled, lying in the corner brush.

This is pretty easy to save if you need to paint over several days. COVER EVERYTHING around it that you don’t want painted. Also, wear a glove, or wrap the handle of the brush in a washcloth, as the latex water will run down into your hand…and it doesn’t wash off like you think.

Just an FYI, this has been the most messy paint project I’ve ever taken on in my life. It dripped and ran and was so watery and thing…if you can try and whitewash before it goes UP, whitewash before installation. (i.e. a shelf, bookcase, headboard, etc.) Obviously, the ceiling was something that couldn’t be done PRIOR to installation. Pieces were just grabbed and installed. One thing though…I made sure to NOT install the new flooring until this was done. Good thing…the floors have blotchy white water spots all over. These are actually more difficult to get off than you would imagine: like latex water.photo-2

It’s hard to tell the different between the white area and the original area, and while disappointing that it wasn’t more drastic, I would definitely recommend whitewashing over staining or painting any day, especially for those seeking a ‘driftwood’ or ‘beachy’ feel. I made the mistake of painting a shelf white, and regret that I didn’t white wash it, because after seeing these results, it’s a very subtle way to add color.

While I chose a white/gray, I think in the future I may experiment with other colors.