How do I whitewash dark Cedar walls in my basement to brighten it up?

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The walls were treated with something 20 years ago, I was thinking to dilute a water based latex and just sponge it on them? Then paint the brick fireplace white.
q how do i whitewash dark cedar walls in my basement to brighten it up
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  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jun 13, 2017
    Here is a link to someone who did it and they give some great tips - I wish I would have done this in my basement instead of painting!

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    • Jean Jean on Jun 14, 2017
      yup - if the panels were untreated, I would use use a thinner mix, and scrub it in with a stiff brush (I save old paint brushes, and cut the bristles off short to do this, it is particularly nice on oak)

      but as the wall is, this is the best technique.

      they may even be able to use the same paint on the brick, unless they want it really white.

  • Leah Denise King Leah Denise King on Jun 13, 2017
    That's awesome, thanks for that.

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Jun 14, 2017
    Do a dry brush technique. Use a light colored paint and after dipping your brush into the paint wipe some of it off and use a light brush stroke. If it is still to much, wipe a bit off with a dry cloth.

    • Mfbandit769 Mfbandit769 on Jun 14, 2017
      I've done it this way and also by diluting white latex a bit and dry washing...it goes on easier and wipes off easier when it's diluted.

  • Melissa Melissa on Jun 14, 2017
    Most definitely, if you want to brighten the space. It will also brighten you feelings about the room, no doubt, as well. Good luck!

  • Peggy Peggy on Jun 14, 2017
    Mix white paint with exact amount of water. As you paint, wipe away paint with a rag.