How to lime wash a wall

Lime washing a wall is not only a great way of adding chalky interest to a room - it's also eco-friendly...

How to limewash a wallHow to limewash a wall
Published: February 10, 2022 at 10:53 am
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Lime wash has been used for centuries to cover walls, since possibly Roman times and is popular for its matt-chalk finish. Its breathable properties make it a good choice for old houses and those prone to damp. Lime wash can be used on both exterior and interior walls.

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What is lime wash?

Limewash is exactly what its name suggests - a mixture of crushed limestone and water

How to lime wash a wall

Protect floors and surfaces and prepare your walls. Pull out nails or screws, fill any holes, scrape off peeling paint and sand down any bumps to create a smooth base.

Seal any stains that show though and make sure the wall is clean. Cover the walls with an acrylic-based primer; this will help the lime wash adhere to the surface and prevent peeling and cracking.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, prepare the lime wash. Using a long-haired brush, apply the wash onto the wall using crisscross strokes, and keep a wet edge as you work. Add more wash to start feathering in the strokes, and work in any drips. Allow to dry.

Apply a second coat. This layer can be slightly watered down to allow the first coat to show through. Apply a third, watered-down coat for the finished effect.

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For easy maintenance, either reapply a dilute coat when necessary, or seal with a matte wall sealer - however seek advice before applying sealer if your house is prone to damp.

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