Limewash for Wood Finishing

Limewash on Wood Finish


Limewash is a unique mineral finish that is neither paint nor stain, but has properties of both. It penetrates the wood grain, giving you a one-of-a-kind look and feel. This finish can be used on bare wood that hasn't been treated with any sealant or paint, as well as on previously sealed or painted wood after primer has been applied. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of limewash, how it's used on wood, and why it's an excellent choice for your home or commercial project.


The Benefits of Limewash

Limewash is ideal for those looking to achieve a natural look with their wood. It provides a softer color than traditional paints or stains and gives the appearance of an aged finish that adds charm and character to whatever it is applied to. It also offers great protection from the elements and helps preserve your wood over time. Additionally, because limewash soaks into the wood rather than sitting atop like other finishes, it won't chip away easily when exposed to regular wear-and-tear. 

Using Limewash on Wood

When using limewash on bare wood that has not been previously sealed or painted, you simply apply thin coats of limewash directly onto the surface using a brush and gently wipe off excess with a lint free cloth or sponge. The application process is very straightforward and easy to do yourself without much prior knowledge or experience in painting.

Limewash should be top-coated with a water based polyurethane or wax finish on higher touch surfaces such as cabinets, doors, or trim work.

However, if you are applying limewash onto previously finished wood trim and surfaces, then you will need to use Lime-Prep primer first before applying the limewash topcoat in order for it to adhere properly and last long term without chipping away like regular wall paint would do in these applications. Non absorbent doors and trim work generally should not be lime-washed as the limewash cannot penetrate the wood and is less durable to high touch or impacts as is required for this type of surface. 

Why Use Limewash?

Limewash offers homeowners and contractors alike many benefits such as ease of application, unique coloring options, enhanced durability against wear-and-tear in certain instances as well as weathering elements such as rain and sun exposure and UV resistance. For interior designers looking for something different than traditional paints or stains for their home projects; lime washing can provide an interesting alternative with its classic look and unique depth of finish.


In conclusion, limewashing offers homeowners a unique finish that gives them a beautiful aesthetic. For contractors looking for creative way to refinish surfaces without having to strip off old paint; lime washing may be just what they need!

For interior designers wanting something out of the ordinary; this could be just what they have been searching for! So don't forget about this option when looking at your next project.