Ordering doors made from reclaimed wood is the perfect way to make sure your home is eco-friendly. Instead of using new lumber, the manufacturer makes these doors from wood that has been salvaged from a previous home or other structure. Reclaimed wood doors have a lot of character. The wood may not be perfect or even, and that is part of its beauty. However, finishing a reclaimed wood door can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Whitewash is one finishing option that stands head and shoulders above your other choices.
Why is whitewash the perfect finish?
Whitewash is a good finish for reclaimed wood for a few reasons. For one, it has that rustic, causal look that most homeowners who choose reclaimed wood are going for. It won't hide all of the inconsistencies in the wood, but it will smooth them out and even out the wood to a small degree. If there are any spots on the wood that still feature some stain or other paint, the whitewash won't stick to those areas as strongly, but that just adds to the naturally worn and distressed look rather than appearing to be a blemish as it would if you painted or stained the doors.
How can you whitewash the doors?
Another great thing about whitewashing is that it is easy to do on your own. Remove the door from the frame before you get started. You'll just need a gallon of whitewash, some sandpaper, a damp cloth, and a paintbrush or two. You can make your own whitewash by mixing half white latex paint and half water, but since most paint companies sell whitewash these days, buying a pre-made gallon is easier for this small project.
To get started, sand down any areas where the doors are still heavily finished. You don't have to remove all of the finish, but knocking down the most heavily finished areas will give the door a more subtle look. When you're done sanding, wipe the door down with a damp cloth, and then let it dry. All you need to do now is apply the whitewash. Use long brush strokes, working from the top of the door down. Let this first coat dry. If it does not offer as much coverage as you'd like, apply a second coat. Let the door dry completely (for about a day) before hanging it back up in the frame.
That's it! Your reclaimed wood door should now be beautifully finished with whitewash.