I’ve been wanting to add a more organic and cozy feel to our master bedroom for a while, and have been considering lime wash. I wanted to see how it would look before committing to the lime wash price tag since this was my first time considering such paint effect. So, I ventured into doing my own DIY lime wash recipe with regular latex paint to create an accent wall behind our headboard. So, I’m sharing what I did and what worked or didn’t.


I wanted to experiment creating a similar effect to what traditional lime wash paint does by using regular wall paint.

Why? Simply because I like to experiment and learn what alternatives I can do to what already exists for those who may opt for a more affordable option to lime wash or when the latter is not easily available. So that’s what I did!

There are several DIY lime wash recipe with regular paint out there, this is the one I opted for.

I must say I thought this would be easy but it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I made mistakes, I did not get it right the first time, I had to find ways to fix what I did but ultimately, I was able to get to a result I love.

DIY lime wash recipe with regular paint: what you need

While you don’t need any sophisticated materials, there are some things that are a must to get the right effect.



  • Paint. Preferred paint colors are beige, sand, linen, etc. (I used Benjamin Moore Winds Breath and Revere Pewter – more on the second color later)
  • Drywall compound (I used a 90 density so it doesn’t dry too fast)
  • Water

The mixture

  • One part joint compound
  • One part water
  • Three parts paint (I used a matte finish paint)

DIY lime wash recipe with regular paint: How to

  • Before you make the mixture, ensure your wall is clean, if you have holes or other imperfections, patch them and fix them.
  • Clean your walls with a damp cloth and let dry
  • Tape around the area to be painted and remove any furniture that’s too close to give you space to work
  • Put a drop cloth on the floor. The mixture is quite liquid and it’s better to protect your floors

Prep your mixture

Mix the plaster and the water and make sure the plaster is well dissolved.

Add in the paint and mix well until you have a homogeneous mixture.

Start applying your first coat with the stiff bristles brush in uneven strokes. You can do X shaped strokes or waves. The objective is to get texture and an uneven finish for the texture to come out well.

When you start, make sure you finish the entire wall so that all the surface dries evenly and avoid having a clear line that doesn’t blend in with the whole surface.

Let it dry, and then apply a second coat.

DIY lime wash recipe with regular paint: lessons Learned

This is where I found that the second coat removed most of the texture and covered the wall too evenly.

So, in order to get more texture, I decided to make a third coat by mixing in the second color (Revere Pewter). The latter being a darker greige, I mixed 2 parts Winds Breath with one part Revere Pewter and set out to apply the third coat without covering the entire surface.

I thought that by doing so, I’d have the texture and colors from both mixtures and it would blend in just right to reveal a textured effect. I was not entirely wrong… BUT…


Mistake that I made

I used the stiff bristles brush and because it was slightly darker than the previous one, it resulted in having very visible traces of the bristles which I really disliked. It felt like it did not blend enough and just looked too weird, very far from the beautiful lime wash texture I wanted.

So I experimented a little more. I tried to use a foam to cover the marks but quickly found that I was going to have the same issue I did after the second coat, which is an almost non existing texture.

Finally, this is where the soft bristles brush came in. At that point I was either going to paint over the whole wall and start again or find something to fix it. Luckily, the soft bristles brush was all I needed! I made a fourth coat with the same second mixture (Winds Breath & Revere Pewter) and applied it with soft strokes. This time, it worked perfectly!! As soon as this last coat was done, I removed the masking tape and let it dry.

I can’t tell you how relieved I was because I just did not want to start over.


So, as with any DIY, there’s a lot of mistakes and learning, and I’m so glad I tried this.

Would I do it again? I totally would! And yes, with both layers of paint color and with both brushes. Probably, done the right way, it would require only three coats.

Yay!! so happy to have a recipe for a DIY lime wash recipe done with regular paint. The texture of the wall is amazing and I love the warmth, the interest and organic feel it gives to our master bedroom.

DIY lime wash recipe with regular paint: a Second recipe to try!

After using the the faux lime wash accent wall in the bedroom, I ventured into trying another accent wall. This time, it is in the living room. I tried a different DIY lime wash recipe using regular paint but with no plaster. It is even easier than this one. It has less texture to the touch but just as much to the eye. Check out how I did the other one, and let me know your thoughts!

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  1. Hi. Thank you for your tips, including things you decided to change as you went through the process. I do have a question: Did you use plaster (which hardens through a fairly-quick chemical process after being mixed with water) or drywall compound (which dries by evaporation)? Drywall compound has unlimited open time as long as it’s wet, while plaster sets up and cannot be re-wet. Thank you!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      I used the dry wall plaster, so the powder that is mixed with water.

  2. A YouTube video of this would have been lovely 😍

    When you said one part water and one part dry wall compound are u saying if I have a 32oz measuring tool it would be 32 oz of water and 32 oz of plaster then three 32oz of paint to make that mixture. Please I need help.

    1. Yes, exactly. So whatever quantity you need, you’ll take equal parts compound and water, then three times paint. I do suggest though working with small quantities as it can dry quite fast. I am soon starting a YouTube, and will definitely have this on. Thank you!

  3. Do you have a link of the stiff and soft bristle brushes you used? Or a picture? Thanks

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