How to Lime a Table
Giving a plain wood table an aged, whitewashed look takes no more than a few simple tools and products any beginner can tackle
Lime wash, a lime-and-water solution that gives wood a whitewashed look, was once applied to barns and fences for practical purposes: to deter insects and protect them from the elements. Today it's evolved into a purely decorative treatment, with less caustic liming wax lending hardwoods, such as oak and ash, that faded, aged appearance. Here, Floyd Rosini, a third-generation furniture restorer in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, offers insight into the process, sharing his go-to products as well as a few cost-cutting measures for beginners.
Smooth brushed wood with 220-grit garnet sandpaper.
About $9 for 25 sheets; at hardware stores
Clean wood dust from pores (and later work wax down into the grain) with this natural bristle brush. It's an investment item, so "a beginner can use a vacuum brush attach-ment and a Scotch-Brite pad."
About $58; Kingdom Restorations