Whitewashing

My effort to brighten up this old house continues. This time, I whitewashed the travertine tile that surrounds the fireplace. 

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You may recall that the travertine tiles looked pink, especially after we painted the mantle white. 

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Pink tile and purple-ish walls = an unhappy homeowner. After reading a tutorial here from my girl Sherry at YHL, I set out to whitewash the tile to see if this would make a difference. I had nothing to lose, I really hate the original color of the tile. If the whitewashing didn’t work out, I was going to try my hand a removing the old tile and reinstalling new tile. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go down that road. 

For the whitewash mixture, I used one part Benjamin Moore Decorators White paint, one part water, and stirred. Before I began, I wiped down the tile to make sure it was free of dust and debris. I also had a microfiber rag to wipe away any drips while I painted. 

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Confession: even though I was told to use half paint, half water, the concoction looked much too watery. I did what I knew I shouldn’t have…I added more paint to thicken it up. 

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Since my mixture was more paint than water, I didn’t need to use the rag to sop up any runny liquid. The whole process took less than 30 minutes and I’m pretty satisfied with the end result. 

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Yes, it’s a little more painted than whitewashed, but you can still see some of the tiles’ tones peeking through the paint. And the best part is, the darker brown tiles look grey now that they have been whitewashed. 

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Unfortunately, this process didn’t make the grey walls look less purple. I have decided to repaint…again! I’m trying not to give myself a hard time about it. Paint is the easiest and most inexpensive element to change. It’s more my time and all of the taping I am going to need to do that stresses me out! 

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I think this room is moving in the right direction even with some detours along the way. Now that the mantle and tile are white, the off white rug and swivel chairs no longer fit. I’ll find a place for the rug somewhere else in the house, but I am debating whether to reupholster the chairs or to sell them and buy new. Any thoughts?