About Kalklitir's lime-paint

Our lime paint is a modernised version of the traditional lime paint that has been used for centuries, particularly in European architecture and design. Our lime paint is highly breathable and porous, which allows it to effectively regulate moisture levels in buildings. The Lime in our products is also highly alkaline which prevents the growth of mold or mildew. It is also highly durable and resistant to fading.

In addition to its functional properties, lime paint is also prized for its aesthetic qualities. It has a unique texture and finish that gives it a distinctive look and feel, with a soft, matte appearance that is reminiscent of natural stone or plaster. Our lime paint is VOC-free, all of the pigments (mineral- or oxides) used in our production are safe to use. We produce and sell our lime paint in powder form  which makes our products even more eco-friendly.

  • 1 kg bag covers approximately 8 square meters/ 85 square feet in two layers (we always recommend applying two layers for best results and coverage)

  • 500 gr bag covers approximately 4 square meters /42 square feet in two layers (we always recommend applying two layers for best results and coverage)

Measure the length and height of your wall. Multiply these numbers to find your square feet/metres.

To mix the paint, follow the instructions here

It can be challenging to see the exact version of the colour from the computer/phone screens as the final outcome depends on the absorption of the surface you are painting on, the painting technique you use, and the light and surrounding colours.

To get the best indication on how the colour will look on your wall, we recommend purchasing the hand-painted colour samples we offer in our webshop.

If you have a specific colour in mind you can see many photos of that colour on Instagram and search for a tag, for example, #kalklitirnoce if you are interested to see photos of the colour Noce. Then you will see how the same colour can look differently in different homes and surroundings.

Next to every colour in our webshop is a description, such as strength, tone, and undertone that can help you with your choice. If you are still not sure, please don´t hesitate to contact us and we will assist you as best we can via our chat or shop@kalklitir.com.

If you are looking for a specific colour, you can mix 2-3 colours in our collection together to achieve the custom colour that you desire. We recommend mixing 2-3 colours at most as otherwise there is a risk of the wall becoming uneven.

If you like a specific colour in our collection but wish to achieve lighter version of it then you can simply mix one of our lighter shades to it. The same applies if you wish to achieve a darker colour or a bit more grey, then you can add darker colours.

When mixing your own colour, we advice mixing the colours in powder forms first before adding water. Start slowly, test it out, and then you can gradually add more powder to the mix until you are satisfied.

Our lime paint can be used directly on surfaces that are painted with matt or semi-matt water-based paint as well as on most unpainted surfaces such as concrete, gips, plaster, and wood.

Wall colour does not have to be white before painting with lime paint.

Walls need to be clean and free of dust and grease. 

When using lime paint on surfaces that have already been painted with oil-based paint or lacquered surfaces, or if you have plaster on parts of the walls where you have fixed holes and cracks. Applying a water-based acrylic primer before you start using lime paint is advised. This is because lime paint will not bond with oil-based surfaces and plaster will absorb differently and applying a water-based acrylic primer to the whole wall will prevent discolouration. When painting on wood, use proper material to prevent knots from bleeding through.

Top Coat is a VOC free, water-based product in powder form that can be applied on top of lime painted surfaces to add a matte protective layer in cases where it is wanted and/or needed. Top Coat is used to protect walls from getting stains, spots and splashes etc. The more layers applied, the better protection is achieved.

  • Kalklitir's lime paint
  • Kalklitir's bristle brush
  • Clean bucket/bowl with lid 2.5 - 3.0 litre
  • Professional Electric whisk (you can use an electric kitchen whisk, just clean it well after use), or just a simple hand whisk
  • Measuring jug
  • Safety goggles/gloves
  • Paper/cover for floor protection
  • Paint tape

There are mainly two techniques we recommend when working with our Kalklitir's lime paint. The up-and-down technique and X-strokes. The technique you choose to apply is a matter of taste.

Both methods are easy to do, you can see videos on our page that demonstrate both techniques, we recommend that you watch them to get a better understanding.

Up and down is a technique where all of your brush strokes are done in an up and down motion, this method will give you the least amount of "cloudy" effect and texture.

X-strokes is a technique where all of your strokes are crossed in a 45° angle across each other. This gives you a nice even surface with medium to high amounts of texture and effect.

Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong outcome and that you are working with a natural material such as lime paint and the final outcome will vary depending on your methods.

Video Instructions

We recommend that you start in the corner at the top of the wall, painting the wall in sections of 45-90cm/1.5-3ft and down towards the floor.

The colour will look darker when wet and will dry up lighter. Make sure to stir well in the bucket both before you start and throughout the whole painting process to prevent pigments from sinking to the bottom as that can cause discolouration in the paint.

Try and apply even pressure on your brush strokes, varying the pressure can give you an uneven colour as harder strokes can crush more pigments than lighter strokes.

Work the wall in these sections in one go until you have covered the entire wall. We always recommend at least two layers since the second layer is usually where the magic happens in regards to getting the desired depth, effect and texture, but also to make sure you have full coverage on the wall.

When finishing the first layer, normally it takes around 2-5 hours until you can start painting the second layer, this can vary and depends on the humidity and temperature in the room. Hot and dry rooms dry quicker than cold and damp rooms. Once the wall is dry, you can start painting the second layer.

Once the wall is finished, you can expect a bit longer drying time for the second layer.

Keep in mind that Kalklitir's lime paint hardening time can take from 4-10 days to fully harden, this depends on the colour and environment. It also means that even though the colour looks dry and ready, it still has some time left to fully harden so treat it with extra care for the first couple of days.

  • Do paint your wall in one go. This will prevent overlapping of dry and wet paint which is the cause of discolouration. 
  • Do let the first layer dry completely before applying the second layer.
  • Do have a wet cloth laying around when painting in case any spills. Wiping them off when the paint is still wet makes it a lot easier.
  • Do load your brush with paint, don't be afraid to dip it more than half way. It will make the painting process quicker but also give you a better coverage.
  • Don't try and fix spots or areas on parts of the wall once you have painted and/or the paint is starting to dry as that will result in a patchy-looking wall.
  • Don't let any water come in contact with your newly painted wall for at least the first 72 hours. Water will leave white spots on the wall if the paint hasn't fully dried
  • If you see tiny sand grain size spots from your stroke, it is usually undissolved pigments. This is more common with darker shades. When it happens, rub it out with your brush during the paint process, to break it down and it should blend in and dissolve.

Our lime paint can be used on most indoor surfaces, provided that the surface is stable and not flaking, is free of dirt, grease, and soluble salts, and the surface is absorbing the lime paint well, such as cement, brick, wood, plasterboard as well as surfaces that have already been painted with water-based paint or acrylic primer (that is free of Alkyd).

Prepare your surfaces as you would for conventional paint, clean, dust, fix holes etc. and use acrylic-based primer where needed, (on spackle etc) to prevent any discolouration.

When using lime paint on un-even or embossed surfaces the matte texture of the lime paint will not mask any imperfections or variations in the underlying surface. In addition, lime paint will not provide as a filling of cracks or holes. Our experience when applying lime paint on uneven surfaces is positive and beautiful.

Unfortunately, our lime paint is not suitable to use on the floor as the lime-paint is not hard enough and any water absorption will damage the product.

Our lime paint is not suitable for permanently damp areas or where you have constant water (like in showers etc).

If lime paint is used around sinks or cooking areas etc. We
recommend using a Top Coat to protect the wall.

Our Lime paint has high PH and therefore contains a natural protection against fungus so applying lime paint on suitable bathroom wall(s) is ideal.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question.

Wallpaper glue is often water soluble and water from our paint could dissolve the glue, resulting in peeling and water pockets appearing on your wall. We therefore recommend that you make sure the wallpaper glue that was used is non water soluble by making a water test, see below instrucutions:

Water Test:

Apply water thoroughly on the surface and see if you experience peeling or water pockets appearing, if they appear on a large area on your wallpaper then you will have problems painting it.

If you have a wallpaper that has already been painted before, (one or two layers) with good results, or you have already painted over your wallpaper using a good quality acrylic-based primer without experiencing any problems such as peeling, air bubbles, etc. then you can paint over again using Kalklitir's lime paint.

If your wallpaper is embossed, the lime paint will not smoothen the embossed pattern out and that pattern will therefore show through.

Using lime paint directly on glass fiber is fine as the glue used is non water soluble and is meant for being painted.

Note: Our general experience when applying lime paint on wallpaper, when all criterias are met, is good however Kalklitir cannot guarantee the result and it is therefore always the responsibility of the customer to make the choice to paint on wallpaper.

Once you have mixed the powder with water, it can be kept for one year in an airtight container. In powder form, it can be kept for years. 

Lime paint leftovers are ideal for painting flowerpots such as terracotta, and can be applied directly on the surface, allowing the pot to breathe naturally or other items. If you have enough, It can also be kept to freshen up your wall with a new layer later on.

If you did not use varnish/sealer or Top Coat and you want to change your lime paint colour or maybe just freshen up your wall with a new layer, you can simply paint the new layer directly on top of the old one. Oftentimes, one layer is enough but sometimes two layers are needed to fully cover, especially if you want to change your colour. Just keep in mind that the wall always needs to be free off grease and oil stains.

If you want to change from lime paint to another water-based paint, you need to paint a layer of acrylic-based primer that is free of alkyd over the lime paint. After that, you can use any paint you like.

Lime paint can be applied on surfaces that can be touched without burning your hand or about 50°C / 155°F.

When applying lime paint on bricks, it is important to note that the bricks have to be absorbing. Some bricks have had a coating applied to them to make them water repellent.

You can make a test by splashing water on it. If the water you splashed absorbs well in to the brick, it should be fine to paint.

Yes, it is possible to apply lime paint on furniture as well as on many other decorative items. If you wish to have more information on how to paint furniture, please see the question "Practical notes when applying lime paint on furniture"

Make sure to sand down and clean your item in order to get the best grip possible for new layers of paint. Your item must also be dry and completely free of dust, grease, wax, oil etc.

Use a good quality brush, suitable for your item.

Usually, a good quality acrylic primer is needed (use one that is free of Alkyd) do not apply a thick layer of the primer, but instead spread it well out to get a better grip on your item and the paint will not flake of as easily. 

Have in mind that it is better to do a few well spread layers of primer on your item than one thick layer.

Let the primer dry very well between layers and sometimes it's good to sand down as well for a smoother finish.

Now is the time to apply lime paint. Usually, two layers are needed, and let it dry well between layers. 

Once the lime paint is dry you can sand it down (on corners etc.) to get a used/vintage look, if that is desired. 

Do this carefully so you will not remove too much at once, as the paint has not begun to harden and will therefore come off very easily. 

Scratching the surface can also give a nice patina, but watch out if you don't like that as the surface is still very soft.

Now clean all dust from your item (carefully), use a brush or you can use a vacuum cleaner.

If you want to protect your item from wear and tear, grease and stains etc. then use a good water-based varnish on top of the lime paint. (It is important to let the final layer of lime paint dry for a minimum of 72 hours before applying varnish, or even 1-3 weeks if possible as the lime paint will then have started to harden). 

If you want to achieve a more antique look or a beautiful patina on your item then simply skip using varnish and let time take its course.

It is very important to avoid all contact with water while lime paint is drying, in the first 72 hours, as water will leave white spots on the lime paint.

Always do a test before applying a varnish to the lime-painted surface to see if it can be used, as some varnishes change the colour of the lime paint more than others, and some types can simply not be used due to ingredients. Our Top Coat can be used for minimal colour change, but keep in mind that it is not scratch or scuff-proof.

If you want to use Wax to achieve a soft and smooth finish, you must apply that on top of the first or second layer of the varnish, normally we do not use wax directly on top of lime paint as the wax will change the colour too much.

(Have in mind that applying Wax on an item should be the last thing to do in order to decorate it. Applying something on top of Wax is almost impossible to do and removing it takes a lot of work and time).

Stucco method

The consistency of lime paint powder can be adjusted by adding less water, resulting in what we refer to as Stucco which will turn out as a thick paste. 

The application of Stucco is facilitated with a stainless-steel spatula for achieving an even surface.

Stucco requires a longer drying and hardening time (typically 3-5 days, varying based on factors like layer thickness and room humidity). Waiting longer enhances results. Note that Stucco application may result in a bit darker appearance compared to using a brush when painting with lime paint. 


To create Stucco, mix 0.8 liters of cold water with 1 kg of lime paint powder thoroughly and use it the same day. 

Alternatively, mix 1.1 litres of cold water with 1 kg of lime paint powder, let the mixture rest, and use it the following day. Expect to use approximately 2-2.5 times more product when preparing Stucco.