Whitewash, a healthy and natural coating

Whitewash, a healthy and natural coating

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Whitewash is one of the age-old, healthy and natural coatings. Traditionally with lime but also with clay from some manufacturers, this mineral paint finds its application in all rooms of the house.

Whitewash: the rustic version

Whitewash is made from lime, a limestone. A lime paste is diluted with water (1 volume of lime for 2 to 5 volumes of water depending on the desired transparency) then added with binder for glaze, marble flour and talc among others. It can then be tinted using natural pigments. Can be applied in all rooms, the whitewash must however be covered with a vegetable wax in the kitchen and the bathroom in order to be washable. The supports for which it is intended must be solid, clean and not floury. Drywall, plaster or absorbent surfaces require prior preparation. If left raw, whitewash lets the wall breathe and therefore protects from moisture. The different possible lime are Bat lime, Aimos paste lime from Greece or lime from the French Dolomites. For those who wish to apply a whitewash on their own, you must first moisten the walls and pass the whitewash in two coats 24 hours apart. The whitewash is applied to the brush crosswise, from one corner of the wall to the other. Natural lime paint is also available at Zolpan and Maison Décorative.

Whitewash with clay: a contemporary wash

The whitewash with clay is, as its name suggests, made from natural clay. Ecological, it can be applied in all rooms of the house. On the aesthetic side, the whitewash offers a soft texture, a powdery and nuanced appearance with moire reflections. Offered by Toupret, it is available in 24 different colors.