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How to Whitewash With MudPaint + Video

how to whitewash with MudPaint Clay furniture paint

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

One of the most popular questions we get here at MudPaint is how do we whitewash! Similar to the weathered, coastal and aged look, a proper whitewashing shows that roughed-up look that can add a “seasoned fresh” look to any piece!  Plus, we’ve included a video to guide you through it, step by step!


learn how to whitewash with MudPaint Clay furniture paint

We are often asked how to whitewash with MudPaint, and, with spring right around the corner, we wanted to outline how to whitewash!

Step 1:  Clean the piece thoroughly using one part water and one part vinegar.

Step 2:  Allow the piece to dry.

Step 3:  Sand – using our Rad Pad Sander – to remove old finish and prepare for the whitewash look.

Step 4:  Wipe with a clean cloth to remove dust.

Step 5:  Mix one part MudPaint China White or Faded Gray and one part water. This is one of the more important steps on how to whitewash…it’s critical to get this part right!

Step 6:  Apply mixture with a brush or rag in long strokes following the wood grain.  Work in small sections.

Step 7:  While the whitewash is still damp, use a clean cloth to wipe off the excess.

Step 8:  Allow the whitewash paint to dry.

Step 9:  Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 until you achieve your desired look.

Step 10:  Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 11:  Sand, again, just to get that roughed-up look you are after, if needed.

Step 12:  Wipe with a clean cloth to remove dust.

Step 13:  Finish with a coat or 2 of MudPaint’s Matte Finish Clear Coat. Or, for a bit more sheen that you can buff up a bit, feel free to use our Clear or Dark Finishing Wax and then buff it out! Be sure to clean that wax brush thoroughly — it can last you a good long time!