Looking for a Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling Idea? Check out this step-by-step tutorial on How to Whitewash Wood to achieve the appearance of an old pine wood ceiling. The whitewash-on wood technique gives the new pine wood a distressed, reclaimed lumber appearance. This was a budget-friendly option for the Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling.
When you follow these instructions, the paint will appear to have worn off slowly over time. In addition, this technique can be used for many new wood projects to achieve an aged appearance.
One of the most asked questions about our farmhouse is, “How did we get our kitchen ceiling to look like reclaimed wood?”. Here’s the answer.
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How To Whitewash Pine Wood Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling Idea
First, you will need to create a sample board to determine your desired appearance. You want to begin on something other than the ceiling.
Use a piece of the same material as you have on your ceiling. Then, allow your sample to dry completely before determining if you’ve achieved the desired look.
Materials Needed to Whitewash Wood
The ceilings in the farmhouse are new pine wood beaded board, and in order to achieve a distressed, whitewashed look, begin with a gray stain. This will make the new wood appear to have aged.
- Classic Grey Stain
- White Paint Color of your choice – I used Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Rags for applying stain and wiping excess paint.
- Paint Brush
- Protective Gloves
This technique works well with any new wood project, such as this Easy Made Farmhouse Table Riser.
First, here’s something we should have done differently. Hindsight is 20/20, or so I’m told.
We decided on this technique after the pine wood ceilings were installed. This technique would have been easier and more cost-effective if the boards had been stained before they were 20 feet in the air.
How to Whitewash Wood?
Today, I’m sharing a sample board just like the one I shared with my painting contractor to demonstrate how the whitewashed ceiling should look. Fortunately, he was willing to duplicate this technique on the ceiling.
How To Make New Pine Wood Look Old – Sample Board
To make new pine wood look old, begin with the gray penetrating stain, and using a soft cloth, wash the stain over the entire surface of your wood. Follow the grain of the wood while applying.
It’s important to age the new wood with the gray stain before applying the whitewash technique.
Once dry, the wood will appear to be aged or old.
If you whitewash a new pine board without adding the stain, the wood has a pinkish or pickled appearance instead of gray.
How To Whitewash Pine Wood?
Next, it’s time to add whitewash to your stained pine wood.
To achieve a distressed, whitewashed appearance, you must wipe the excess paint from your brush before applying it to your wood. This dry brush technique leaves a thin coat of paint over the surface.
Note: I used chalk paint instead of investing in the interior latex paint applied to my ceiling for this example. For the record, the ceiling paint was White Dove by Benjamin Moore and is the same color used on the shiplap walls.
Begin by applying a small amount of the white paint to your brush and then remove excess paint from the brush using a rag cloth or paper towel. Next, lightly swipe the paint brush over the surface of the wood without completely covering the wood and the stain.
Once again, follow the wood grain while applying the paint. You should see random areas of exposed stain and the paint should appear to be worn and faded due to age.
Below you can see the sample board for how to whitewash pine wood. This is the look you want to achieve.
The Whitewash on Wood Ceiling
Here is a good view of the whitewash-on-wood technique underneath the stairs.
To ensure that the paint colors work well together, we used the same White Dove paint as was used on the shiplap walls.
In addition, the DIY Island countertop was aged to look like old barn wood with a similar technique. Prints of the original painting Grace are available in my Shop.
In addition to the kitchen ceiling, the vaulted ceiling in the living room and loft also received the kitchen ceiling idea and technique.
As you can see, the high ceilings are a focal point of the farmhouse. I was so thankful for a painter willing to attempt my crazy idea while standing on a 20-foot scaffold.
To see a tour of the loft area, check out – Best Modern Farmhouse Tips & Tour.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.
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