I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, a “whitewashed” Christmas that is! This will be my family’s first Christmas in our newly-built farmhouse. I absolutely love the look of whitewashed wood, whether it be board-and-batten siding, cedar shakes, rafter tails, shiplap, window trims, floors, cabinets or heirloom furniture. And I’ve chosen to do it ALL in my farmhouse.
Natural or whitewashed wood was used in the building of traditional farmhouses because it was both cost effective and quickly applied, leaving more time for farm work. In keeping with this traditional look, we painted our cedar shakes with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace in their Regal Flat finish and the trims in the same colour but with a Semi-Gloss finish. To complement our all-white façade, we chose a white German smear chimney (see my “Centuries Old” blogpost for more info).
We continued the whitewashed effect inside on shiplap feature walls, antique cabinetry, corbels, fireplace mantels, and of course our wonderful fir hardwood floors. Again, we chose Benjamin Moore’s lovely white Chantilly Lace in various finishes (e.g., Regal Ultra-Matt on the walls, Regal Soft Gloss on the trims, doors and panels, and a diluted Arborcoat Flat Solid Stain on the floors). Using one white with various sheens throughout may sound monochromatic in the extreme but each surface takes on a different shade depending on the light, the time of day, and the furnishings and décor within each space.
Just as I dreamed, our home will be a light bright haven for family and friends this Christmas and for years to come.