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August 12, 2017 18:06

Whitewashing the ceiling : latex or acrylic paint , how to whiten the ceiling

Whitewashing the ceiling in the bathroom
  • Preparation Material selection
  • composition
  • Preparation Required tools and accessories
  • Application
  • Tips

Whitewashing - it is the traditional way to maintain the cleanliness and whiteness of the ceiling covering.For many centuries before us in Russia whitewashed huts on the basis of a special mixture of limestone.Lime - eco-friendly and completely harmless to human material.It has disinfectant properties, which is especially important for the bathroom, because high humidity - the most favorable conditions for the appearance of mold and bacterial growth.In addition, this type of coverage is well breathable and absorbs moisture.

Belim ceiling

whitewash the ceiling is very easy, you can do it in the bathroom just a few minutes. As a result, with minimal effort and money, you get a fresh, beautiful ceiling coating, which, if necessary, can be quickly updated.

course, have this method and its shortcomings.Firstly, the whitewashed ceiling must be refreshed from time to time, as, covered with

dust, lime quite quickly loses its original whiteness.Second, the coating of lime rather fragile, so the mechanical damage, or due to poorly prepared work surface, it may peel off.

Whitewashed ceiling in the bathroom


Before you get started, all surfaces and furniture is usually covered with plastic wrap, that they are not hit composition for whitewash.With whitewashed ceiling of the bathroom there is no special need, as of tile lime quite easily laundered. However, if your bathroom furniture and bathroom is made of expensive natural materials, it is better to play it safe and cover it with polyethylene, and if possible - taken out of the room.

How to whitewash a ceiling

next step is to clean the ceiling of the previous layer of whitewash.If the surface is fairly smooth and bright, you only need to refresh the coating.To do this, collect enough accumulated dust with a brush or vacuum cleaner.

If the ceiling has long been bleached, the previous coating has darkened and become flaky, you will have to scrape off all the plaster. Doing it this way: using a nebulizer or wet sponge moisturize the old whitewash, then collect soggy lime putty knife, and what is left - wash off the same sponge. Do not exert too much force, otherwise the plaster will scratches and dents that will have to close up.

Removal of the old whitewash
Surface preparation for whitewashing
Primer for whitewash

When the ceiling is dry, treat it with primer.The composition for priming choose depending on the material, which we will use to whitewash.

choice of material

typically used lime, chalk or water-based paint for the ceiling whitewash.About Lime benefits we mentioned above.Features chalk almost identical. advantages of latex paint whitewash consist in the fact that it dries quickly, is easy to clean and fits well even on unprepared surfaces.

Paint the ceiling in the bathroom was discussed by us in detail in another article.

Water-based paint for the ceiling

However, to whitewash the ceiling in the bathroom specialists recommend the use of a paint based on acrylic .This paint is perfect for indoor use, which is peculiar to high humidity and temperature changes.Some manufacturers add part acrylic paints component preventing the occurrence of mold and mildew. However, the ceiling paint coating based on acrylic will cost you significantly more expensive than traditional whitewashed with chalk or lime.

Staining the ceiling latex paint

Thus, there are several variants of the ceiling whitewash, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages.Which one to choose - it's up to you.

Directions coloring ceiling

Preparation composition

If you have decided to whitewash the ceiling latex or acrylic paint, then no pre-treatment of the material you do not need.But with the preparation of the composition for whitewash lime or chalk is necessary to tinker.

Preparation of lime wash.To prepare the solution, you will need:

  • 10 liters of warm water, filtered or better defended;
  • about 3 kg of slaked lime;
  • 3-4 tbspFood coarse salt;
  • 0,5 kg dye diluted in water;
  • 0,2 kg alum, they are sold in a pharmacy.

Pour into a deep capacity of a little water, then pour all the ingredients one by one.Top up the remaining water and mix thoroughly.

lime wash

Preparation chalk whitewash.You will need the following components:

  • 5 liters of warm water, and filtered or defended;
  • 3 kg sifted chalk powder;
  • 1 tbspwood glue.

in a container of warm water and dissolve the carpenter's glue, and then pour the resulting solution into the chalk powder.Mix well.

Cretaceous whitewashing

To chalk whitewash looked more brightly, before application of the ceiling in her add some blueprints.The result is a boil-and-white color with a barely noticeable bluish tint.

Required tools and accessories

In addition to high capacity and tools for kneading of the solution, you need to whitewash: stepladder or stool stable if the ceilings are low, a few brushes of different sizes, paint roller or a vacuum cleaner with a nozzle spray.

Tools for whitewash

work necessary to wear safety goggles, because the composition is able to whitewash badly damage your eyes.On hand wear rubber gloves, and hair hide under a hat.Protect the airway using a respirator or an ordinary medical masks.

Working in a respirator


So, whitewash the ceiling can be applied in three different ways:

  • Using the paint brush. For basic operation, you will need a width of 20-25 cm brush and hard to reach places and corners can promazyvat brush narrower.If the brush handle is not long enough, attach it to any light stick (for example, from a plastic squeegee).Work with brush reciprocates by sliding it in one direction.After the first layer of whitewash dries, apply the following.The second layer must be applied perpendicularly to the first.
  • When using a roller. paint rollers to work much more convenient, because it distributes the paint on the surface of a thin and even layer.If you prefer to work with a roller, then you will need to paint tray.Pour the solution into it a little bit, dip the roller and wide movements begin to apply whitewash the ceiling.You can work in different directions, most importantly, make sure that the coating is uniform.
  • with a vacuum cleaner.You will need nozzle spray, which is also called "gun."To do this, you need to select the operating mode in which the length of the jet is about one meter.In the settings you set 3 or 4 pressure atmosphere.Whitewashing the ceiling should be applied in a circular motion, avoiding streaks.If necessary, one can apply a second layer.
brush Whitewashing
Whitewashing roller
Whitewashing spray
The first layer of whitewash
The second layer of whitewash
Ready ceiling in the bathroom

To achieve perfectly smooth covering, it is possible to combine the first and third.The first layer of whitewash paint brush, apply, and the second - a vacuum cleaner with a spray.


  • to cover was the most uniform, is not limited to one layer of whitewash.The optimal amount of layers - from 2 to 4. In this case, each subsequent layer must be applied on perfectly dry surfaces.
  • During whitewash follow the location of lighting fixtures.The first and penultimate layers of coating to be applied perpendicular to the light source, and the last - in parallel.In this case, traces of roller or brush will not be noticeable.
  • coating is durable and did not lose its original form, if you give it to dry yourself, do not use heaters, fans, hair dryers, etc.You should also take care svezhepobelenny ceiling from sunlight, however in the bathroom - it's not a problem.
  • If the last time you whitewashed ceiling using lime, then the next time you can not use a different type of coverage, and vice versa.Over the lime can be applied only lime, and on top of chalk - chalk only.Otherwise, the ceiling is covered with ugly spots and stains.
  • If the snow-white ceiling you do not like, can be added to whitewash color pigments, achieving different shades.So as to give a greenish tint coating, chromium oxide can be used.To give milk or beige tint is usually used Burnt sienna or umber - natural pigments.Ochre helps achieve ivory, and ocher - pinkish and reddish hues.
White whitewashed ceiling in the bathroom