Lime finishing wood is a great way to bring beauty to your natural wood project. The technique of lime finishing wood has been around for over two hundred years. Applying a lime finish to your wood floors can give your home an expensive statement with a small price tag. Another fabulous thing about lime finishing is that most anyone can do it and create professional work.
It is always best to start with natural unfinished wood products when you are aiming to lime finish, however a little sand paper and elbow grease can have finished wood back to its original workable state in no time.
Originally lime was used to achieve a lime finish; however lime is a corrosive substance. Lime must be handled with care and it is important to follow specific safety guidelines when working with it. Eventually lime will wear off of items that are left out of doors.
These days it is much more common to use a cream, beige or off-white colored paint with sponge application to achieve the same beautiful affect. Some choose to stray from tradition and try different blends of color for a new decorative twist.
It is wise to use the more modern paint method to create a lime finish because you get all the wonderful results without the caustic substance.
When you have readied a work space you will need the wood you are finishing, two sponges, water, water/paint mixture, rags and a dry brush for blending. Choose a paint that is flat latex as any paint with gloss will create a look that is not authentic. When mixing paint and water keep in mind that a thicker mixture will achieve a more traditional look whereas a thinner mixture will create a more modern "pickling" effect.
Begin by dampening small sections with the first sponge and water. Using a clean sponge apply paint evenly and with care not to overlap. If you can, take the time to practice applying the paint mixture evenly on a piece of scrap wood, this will give you a feel for the pressure needed to apply a uniform coat. To cover the next section, paint with the sponge as close as you can get to the first section. You can blend sections together using the mixture and a dry brush. It is not recommended to apply more than one coat of the lime finish. By blending with a dry brush you will achieve a smooth uniform finish.
The final step is to apply varnish to preserve your work. If you want to give your wood projects or floors a lovely antiqued look, now you know how to use a lime finish that is not only inexpensive but also easy to do.