How to Make Your Own Colored Paint Washes for Wooden Surfaces


Photography by: Yuki Sugiura

Left Column: Opaque wash

This finish, which is two parts paint to one part water, reveals only a few subtle hints of the grain.

Middle Column: Medium wash

Combining equal parts paint and water makes brushstrokes less apparent. The underlying pattern will come into view.

Right Column: Light wash

Mix two parts water with one part paint for a soft tint that showcases the wood’s texture.

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