whitewash heaven.

“Do your ten percent 100% and surrender the rest.”   – Ariana Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution and Thrive


As a self-proclaimed “control freak”, I love it when a plan comes together. I will be the first to admit – I was secretly very skeptical about the shiplap project that we undertook last week. Numerous blogs had been read, coworkers consulted, and sample pieces made. Eventually I got fed up with tip-toeing around the project and dove right in to do my “ten percent”.

I was lucky enough to score the reclaimed barn wood from one of my go-to places, Jeff’s Architectural Salvage. Rescued from a barn outside of Mound City, KS, the reclaimed pieces needed only a good scrubbing before it was time for whitewashing.

For the whitewashing process, the best DIY instruction I found was on one of REMODELaholic’s blog posts (click here to go directly to the tutorial). Below is the modified process I used.


  1. Start by cleaning the reclaimed wood (I used a wire brush with a bucket of water and dish soap to scrub each board clean, then hosed them off and placed them in the sun to dry for a few days).
  2. Purchase an affordable latex flat white paint (I used Glidden’s Swan White).
  3. Using a separate container (old coffee cans work well), combine one part water to two parts paint – mixing well.
  4. Brush the water/paint mixture onto the board, following the direction of the grain.
  5. Use an old rag or t-shirt to rub the mixture, still following the direction of the grain, into the board so that the brush strokes can no longer be seen.
  6. Let dry in the sun.

Easy as pie. And beautiful too.


Here is the garage (now downstairs living room) area before the overhaul (yikes!)…IMG_2378


and after, with the whitewashed boards (aka shiplap) up…



The mantle seen in one of the above photos was a find from Lili’s in Weston, MO. In awesome condition, the gorgeous detailing was just too much to pass up. Ultimately, a pellet stove will be centered inside the mantle to provide additional heat for the home.



Here is a sneak-peek at the cabinetry work that my dad has been busy with in the kitchen! Isn’t the pecan wood beautiful?!


Stay cool, my friends. Have a great rest of the week!


  1. Beautiful Aly! So happy I got to see these results and it is especially wonderful you used two businesses in Weston to build your home. Keep posting your progress please!

    1. Dee – thank you so so much for your encouragement! It means a lot.

      When there are such great local businesses, why go anywhere else?! 🙂

  2. I love it!! It is beautiful! I have pecan cabinets and I love them!! I am trying to think where I might be able to white wash something!!

    1. Marie – thank you so much!
      I had no idea how beautiful pecan could be.
      Recently I saw a reclaimed door that someone chose to whitewash rather than paint. It was beautiful!
      Keep me updated on projects that you are working on!

  3. I just got connected to your blog – thanks so much for sharing! Love everything you’re doing!!

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