Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Milk Paint Tutorial-Farm Table Leg Bedazzling

Milk Paint Supplies

We have the regular latex paint that we are all familiar with and the low to no VOC versions.  There are also a lot of people talking about chalk paint as an alternative.  However there is a third choice, Milk Paint!  It is all natural, has no VOCs, is non-toxic and is environmentally friendly.  Paint away without worrying about fumes or that your animals or kids are going to take a lick.  Another interesting fact especially for us moisture dwellers living in the Pacific Northwest, is it mold resistant!
Naked Table Legs! Turn Away Young Children
My farm table needed some color which made trying out Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint the perfect opportunity.  I chose the color Kitchen Scale.  If you are interested to learn a little bit more about milk paint head on over to check out Marian from Miss Mustard Seed.  Truly amazing woman.

Before I dive into the nitty gritty of the painting there are two astounding features of the milk paint I have yet to mention.  First, it comes in powder form so it last indefinitely.  You just add water using the directions to make how much you need for the specific project.  Secondly, you can layer the color up to achieve your perfect color depth.  I was going for more of a wash so I only applied 1 coat of the milk paint using a 2" paint brush.  

Gritty Consistency of Milk Paint.  Looks Like Dirt Soup
The milk paint is really interesting in comparison to the texture that were are familiar with latex paint.  After you add water to your powder it feels really gritty even after stirring it for the suggested 5 minutes.  So you keep wondering as your stirring when you're going to get that smooth texture.  YOU ARE NOT!  The other leap of faith you need to take is right before you apply the paint because you are looking at this lumpy mess thinking, "Am i really going to smear this mud soup all over my project?".  Yes, you are and you're going to gleefully rejoice when you realize you aren't crazy for your blind faith.  After slapping the paint on it will quickly settle out to a matte finish.  
Painting Inside the House During the Dead of Winter

I would highly suggest placing a larger painting cloth under your project especially when working on your gorgeous hardwood floors or carpet.  Have a wet rag close by to pick up any drips that hit your floors.  This stuff binds quickly to whatever surface it touches.  This is an advantage because it allows you to paint just about any surface without much prep work.  
Gorgeous Shot of Me!
This stuff doesn't wipe off your hands like normal latex paint.  It quickly adhered to my hand and dried within seconds.  However, it doesn't stain your skin and quickly washes off with soap and water. 

 The paint dried very quickly.  The legs were a small painting project but they were completely dry to the touch within an hour.  

Hey Baby!  Look at Those Legs!

A lot of the ladies working the vintage sales and domestic boutiques are using milk paint because it has such grand flexibility.  In addition to how I used it, it allows you to easily get a vintage look for those of you who are searching for a rustic or shabby chic look.  Given the existing finish on your project it will pick and choose where it will adhere.  However there are bonding agents that you can add to the paint if you want a uniform finish.  Milk paint is a unique animal so have some fun with it.  

Much Milk Paint Love-Jessie


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