How to Make a Fence Look Weathered
- 1). Pour water into a large steel bucket until it is half full.
- 2). Add mason's lime to the water until the water line reaches 2 inches from the top of the bucket. Stir the mixture with a paint stirrer.
- 3). Set the bucket aside overnight to let the solution mix. Do not leave it any longer as it will harden.
- 4). Mix 2 cups salt with 1 gallon of water and pour it into the lime mixture. Stir continuously. The mixture should look like pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more salt water.
- 5). Mix 1 cup of powdered milk with water to make a paste and add it to the mixture. This keeps the paint from binding.
- 6). Paint the limewash onto the fence using a wide bristle brush or specially designed whitewash brush. Allow the paint to dry completely for at least 12 hours before proceeding.
- 7). Scrape the dried paint using sandpaper and a scraper to roughen and remove some of the paint. This gives it a distressed, weathered look so it doesn't look so brand new. As you work, take a step back and survey your work to see if you like how it is progressing.
- 8). Glaze the fence by mixing 1 tablespoon of white paint with 1 pint acrylic glaze. Paint the fence with the glaze.
- 9). Rub the glaze with fine 0000 steel wool so that the sheen isn't as symmetrical and looks more weathered.