ISSUE 20  |  Greek Isles

DIY: Whitewashed Greek Walls

May 19, 2014 4:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Some summer afternoons the sun beats down so relentlessly that white is the only acceptable color–to wear, to eat (hint: gelato), and to cool off the walls.

The Greeks get that right, with whitewashed walls that reflect light and keep interior temperatures comfortable even under a hot Mediterranean sun. Here’s a simple recipe we spotted for making your own whitewash that may revive limp spirits enough to get you thinking about adding a dash of blue to the color scheme. For step-by-step instructions, see Greenchicafe:


Above: Whitewash can be used on plaster, concrete, masonry, and stone walls. Image via Travellerspoint.


Above: Whitewash is a mix of hydrated lime and water. For proportions, see Greenchicafe. Image via Bungalow Blue.


Above: A gallon of white wash will cover 250 square feet of concrete or 270 square feet of plaster. Image via Bungalow Blue.

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Above: For accent trim, consider Annie Sloan Greek Blue Chalk Paint; it’s £18.95 for a one-liter can or £5.95 for a sample pot from Annie Sloan. Image via Finding Silver Pennies.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published July 16, 2012 during our A La Plage issue.