Creating a Limed Finish
An old look for new wood
Synopsis: With its soft, ghostly white appearance, a limed finish imparts instant history to any new piece of furniture. Michael Dresdner says this look is easy to create, and the application techniques are accessible even to beginners at wood finishing. He shares tips on selecting the paint, applying the finish on either sealed or raw wood, and how to use antiquing finishes. He also talks about highlighting details, or glazing in reverse.
With its soft, ghostly white appearance, a limed finish imparts instant history to any new piece of furniture. And although it’s one of the most common techniques used to create antique reproductions that mimic the appearance of aged furniture, in recent years, limed or “pickled” finishes have also become popular for new furniture, cabinets and flooring. A limed finish creates the look of a once-finished piece that was later painted over and then redeemed through an incomplete job…