Tools Needed

A good, wide whitewash or calcimine brush; a 3-inch-broad knife; two buckets of warm water; a large old cloth or old newspapers to protect the woodwork and floor; two stepladders or horses for holding the plank on which the worker will stand; a large sponge or cloth. Spread either old cloths or newspapers to protect the baseboard and floor. Arrange plank on horses or stepladders placed over this protecting cloth.

Wet the walls with warm water using the calcimine brush. Now wash off the old finish using either a cloth or sponge. Change the water often so that the wall is left clean. Use the large sponge, wiping from the top downward to clean all the old finish off the wet space. If there is alum in the calcimine, the finish will have to be scraped.....