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Inspiration: Rustic Girls

Ok, so there are no photos here, but this description of how to make your own limewash has me chomping at the bit to get into the living room and start painting that ceiling!

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Inspiration: Limewashing

As you know, we have these open rafters in our living room that we plan on painting white, to brighten up the room and make the ceiling seem higher. I learned about limewash and ever since have been obsessed with figuring out how to apply it to our ceiling rafters, rather than plain old latex paint.

Limewash is an all-natural, low-VOC finish made by dissolving slaked lime in water. When you paint it on a surface, it dries into a coating made up of calcite crystals that supposedly glimmer with reflected light. I can’t imagine a better finish for our ceiling. I’m having a hard time finding directions on making my own limewash, however, and there’s some warning about making sure you use the right kind of lime, because the wrong kind can be toxic.

According to this post on Treehugger, Domino’s website had directions for how to make and use limewash. Sadly, with the demise of Domino (my favorite magazine ever, besides Sassy) the website and the directions for limewash are now gone.

If anyone has any experience with limewashing, I’d love to hear about it.

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