Milk Paint Makeover!

Milk Paint Makeover

I picked this little cutie up from an online site.  It’s been hanging solo for a while in the basement.  After finishing My Shabby Cabs, I took a much needed break from the paint brush!  I was eager to start again.  I’m always up for trying something new!  A local store, Rust to Roses, carries Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  I grabbed some paint and hemp oil to give this baby some new life!  It had some missing hardware and trim…..

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Because so much of the lower trim was missing, I just removed it all.  I like things to be “perfectly imperfect.”

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I always clean my piece REALLY good.  I use TSP Substitute with gloves and a scrubber.  Then, rinse with warm water.

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Again, I’m a rookie with the ol’ milk paint.  At first, I put powder into a plastic container, poured in the water and mixed with a spoon.  It would NOT mix.  My second attempt, I put water in a mason jar, then powder, put the lid on top and gave it a good SHAKE!  This worked perfectly.  Let the paint sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the pigment to deepen.

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Milk paint comes in a powder form.  Mix equal parts water and powder.  The paint is “fresh” for about one week.  MMSMP carriers a bonding agent too.  I did not use this product.  Learn more about that HERE.

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We are READY!  What a pretty color.  Apron Strings.  Something I’d not normally buy.

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Honestly, what REALLY appealed to me with this paint is that you can achieve an authentic “chippy look.”  So, I HAD to attempt it.   I found an old sock and cut a small piece.  I applied a small amount of the hemp oil on to the sock and placed it on areas that I wanted to chip.  (Creating a barrier where the paint won’t stick)

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Next, PAINT.  I gave this beauty two coats!  It dries quickly like chalk paint.   Can you see where it was “bubbling?”  OH YAH.  Chip.TIME.  I took some tape and wrapped it around my hand.  I applied light pressure to these areas to “pull away” the paint.

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Now, my favorite part.  I took Annie Sloan Old White and a small paint brush  to complete the interior trim.  There is also ONE section of trim that is missing trim on each end.  I made two lines so that it appears there’s trim.  Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone!  THIS my friends, MADE the piece!

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Remember that sock I cut?  I stuck my hand inside, put some hemp oil on it and rubbed it into the table.  After I finished the whole piece I took a clean rag and wiped it again to remove any excess.

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Now LOOK at that beauty.  What cha think?

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I’m REALLY glad I added the white detail.   I’ve been searching for new hardware with NO luck.  I’ll keep you posted when I find the PERFECT ones!

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