I’ve been trying to find somewhere in our house for whitewashed wood paneling since we started our upstairs renovation in April. Behind the freestanding bathtub? Pretty, but not practical. In the closet? Too hidden. Then it hit me – the ceiling.
Our master suite has a large slanted ceiling (re: bungalow), and now that the drywall is installed, it’s one, BIG, section of drywall. Instead of painting the ceiling in white like we will in the rest of the space, I convinced Alex to help me install whitewashed wood paneling. After promising him paneling isn’t too country, and it is in fact coming back in style, we picked up our supplies and got to work.
I knew three things going into this project: 1) I didn’t want all the boards to look the same, 2) I wanted them more white than grey and 3) I wanted them to look rustic + modern.
We tested out multiple stains and two different types of wood before deciding on our ideal combo. In the end we chose Minwax Penetrating Stain in Classic Gray 271 and Minwax Water Based Wood Stain White Wash Pickling.
Step 1: Lay your boards on a flat surface where they can evenly dry. We brought ours up into our master suite since that where they will be installed. Since we plan to refinish the hardwood floors, we laid down a cloth tarp to protect the original hardwoods.
Step 2: Use a small foam roller to paint the Classic Gray stain on the boards. Don’t worry about perfection – you’re going to whitewash over it. Let dry.
Step 3: Once the boards are dry, use a paint brush to apply the white wash pickling. Here’s where you want to vary your technique for a more natural look. Some boards I left as-is once I painted the white on. Others, I used a clean rag to drag across the wet paint. This took off some of the white and left a different texture. If you’re looking for a natural, varied look, play with different techniques.
Your boards won’t match perfectly but all together they’ll be cohesive and eye-catching. We installed them directly above our exposed closets and I love how they look against the industrial pipes and white dressers.