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White-painted floors are just plain beautiful, but we just might prefer the slightly softened version: whitewashed floors...

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Whitewashing allows a bit of the wood grain and color to show through the finish. The result is a soft, hazy white layer that's a little bit rustic, but still spiffs up an old floor quite nicely, unifying the entire surface in whiteness. Here's a little how-to from the DIY Network. If a brick wall is what you're wanting to whitewash, AT's got it covered here.

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