White Wash Fence Posts


You may have noticed I have a new backdrop in my pictures. Well, see, I have bright orange walls. I guess they're more tangerine. I love them, but they do make photos come off a bit too warm in pictures. 

I wanted to make a tall backdrop for furniture and also to drown out as much orange as possible. I had these old fence posts in the yard just hanging out, taking up space. So, I put them to use. 

Making white wash is really simple. It's just white paint and water. I only painted one side of these fence posts, in case I want to use the back for more rustic looking photos. 

Here's what you'll need:


  • Make sure your wood is clean and free of any dirt that might have collected. 
  • Mix one part paint to one part water. I used 3 oz mixed with 3 oz of water to cover seven fence posts. You can play around with your ratios. 
  • Next, all you do it take your paint brush and apply a liberal coat of the white wash to dry wood. 
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I only tried two different painting methods. The one on the left is wood I painted while it was dry. The wood on the right was one I painted while it was damp. The paint spreads much more smoothly over the damp wood. With the dry wood you get a stronger effect. I like both and once the project was done I couldn't tell much difference between the ones I painted while dry and the ones that were wet. 

I love how the details pop out with the thinner paint. 

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Those limes on the right are for a project I'm working on to make use of your squeezed out limes. I'll share soon and you'll thank me. That big ball of yarn is a project I've been working and reworking for, I don't know, 3 months? I'm going to make an afghan, er, I hope. On the left is my ever growing collection of rose petals.