As trends change, furniture can become dated or might no longer match the style of other pieces in your home. Lime washing with stain and varnish is a simple and affordable option to completely change the look.
Lime wash can also add long-lasting protection so that a treasured piece can be used for years to come.
Start by cleaning the surface with a damp microfibre cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Once cleaned, leave to completely dry.
Use an 80-grit sanding disc on your orbital sander to sand back any existing finish on your furniture, working in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Use a course sanding block for any curved edges on the sides. Remember to wear safety glasses and a dust mask when sanding.
Regularly check your sanding disc and replace when it is worn. Use a brush to wipe away any excess sanding dust on your furniture as you work to prevent your sanding discs from clogging up.
Swap out your sanding disc to a 120-grit and repeat the process with a light sand. Clean away dust when finished. Repeat with a final light sand using a 180-grit sanding disc for a smooth finish. For the sides, use a fine course sanding block.
Thoroughly clean the surface with a damp cloth to remove all dust in preparation for staining.
Find an area to paint where it is not windy so that the finish will not get ruined by dust and debris.
Use a flat blade or paint stirrer to carefully stir your liming white stain. Pour a small amount into a tray. It’s a good idea to do this over a drop sheet or old towel in case of spilling.
Dip and cover your 5mm nap roller into the stain and start applying to your furniture, again working with the grain. Where possible, work your roller from one end to the other, trying not to have stop-start points midway for an even finish. Be sure to wipe away any drips with the roller before it dries to prevent extra sanding.
Use a roller or a smooth finish brush to paint the sides and legs if applicable. Leave to dry for two hours.
Use a fine course sanding block to gently sand in-between coats. Be sure to wipe away any dust before applying the next coat.
Apply a second and third coat, leaving two hours drying time between each coat. As each coat will further lighten the piece, you can continue to apply more until you are satisfied with the colour.