Get the limewash wall look for under £10 with this clever TikTok DIY hack

Because you don't have to break the bank to change up the look of your walls

limewashed walls in stair landing with big light fixture
(Image credit: Future PLC / James Merrell)

Limewash walls are a paint idea that provides an elegant and natural look. They're a great way to add texture and character to a room, and we've just found a way on TikTok to get the look for under £10.

Decorating and renovating your home is a feat that could cost you a fair penny, so finding an alternative way to get the look at a fraction of the price is a win for us. For this limewash wall hack, instead of investing in costly limewash paint, all you'll need are some paint tester paints, water, and a clean cloth.

Limewash wall look TikTok DIY

TikTok user @chrystalspalace has been using the social media platform to document her journey of renovating and turning her house into a smart home. In the process of it, she makes sure to share her DIYs and hacks with her audience along the way – and this instance isn't any different.

The DIYer demonstrated how to get the limewash wall effect for under £10 in one of her latest videos.


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She starts the DIY by grabbing a couple of paint tester pots for £2 at B&Q. In this tutorial, she uses a Matt Emulsion paint tester pot in the shade Tijuana. She then mixes a little bit of the paint with a lot of water, following a 70:30 water-to-paint ratio to form the perfect watery consistency.

Then, using a clean cloth she applies the paint mixture to her wall in a circular motion to form the limewash wall effect. And that's it, it's as simple as that.

The DIYer comments that she personally loves it as 'it's way less commitment and when you're tired of it, all you have to do is just paint over it', which is perfect if you're one who is keen to always follow new interior home decor trends.

plaster pink limewashed walls and doorway leading into bright dining space

(Image credit: Kalklitir limepaint)

We turned to experts for their thoughts on the DIY, and surprise, they love it too! Susie Spence, category director, surface and décor at B&Q praises the method, saying that it is a 'more affordable way to create the effect at home for less. It can be done in just a few steps for a fraction of the price of creating traditional limewash walls.'

'What’s particularly great about this DIY method is that it uses emulsion paint, so it can be applied over existing paint. The traditional method of applying limewash paint is often restricted to porous surfaces, such as plaster, stone, and brick with no existing paint on unless you use a specially formulated or mineral-based primer', she continues.

Velvety looking Venetian polished plaster wall, towel rail, wood chair

(Image credit: Future PLC / Jake Fitzjones)

DIY expert, Michael Rolland at The Paint Shed, however, warns those wanting to try out this method for themselves that while you may have the look of limewash, it will lack the texture that traditional limewash provides.

'Many choose limewash for the texture of the finish, rather than just the appearance.  The method in the TikTok video is simply just using the whitewashing technique but with earthy beiges rather than whites, meaning it won’t give that coveted texture,' he explains.

If you're willing to skip out on the traditional textured finish of the walls, then we think this DIY project is the perfect way to elevate any space if you're looking for a quick pick-me-up for that tired-looking room inside your home – because who said you have to break the bank to achieve a luxe look?

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is a Junior Writer at Ideal Home. She's always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham where her love for journalism blossomed following her internship at ArchDaily. Now focused on home tech, Jullia works on writing features and explainers to help people make the most of their home appliance investments. When she isn't writing, she loves exploring the city, coffee shop hopping, and losing hours to a cosy game.