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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.



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