Saturday, October 13, 2012

What will you do when you can't buy paint? - Make White Wash

As this fellow on YouTube demonstrates, white washing, as our great or great great grandparents did it, is too simple to become a "lost art".

  • 2 1/2 gallons water
  • 25 pounds lye
  • 6 pounds of rock salt diluted in 1 1/4 gallons of water
  • 6 - 8 cups of white sand
Combine all ingredients, except the sand, in a large bucket (larger than 5 gallons) or tub.

Cover with plastic and let sit for 48 hours.

Add white sand just before painting. Paint. Stir. Paint. Stir. Paint one coat and let it stand overnight. Apply more coats as necessary.

Easy peasy Japaneesy.


May said...

Lye is almost unavailable.

covertress said...

Lye is readily available and easily made at home if, like me, you have a wood stove or can build an outdoor fire. Simply slow drip water through a pile of hardwood ash. The result is called caustic pot ash or liquid lye. Reducing it over heat makes a stronger product. Do a search for "lye" on the blog to learn more.