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It’s been such a hot and humid summer so far on Long Island, but nothing could dampen my spirits when I finally received my Old Fashioned Milk Paint in the mail through participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! This month’s theme is “Farmhouse Fun”!
I have never worked with Milk Paint before and I had heard so many wonderful things about it, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The colors I chose were Slate and Light Cream. The packaging is totally adorable and they give you very detailed instructions on how to create the perfect milk paint finish! I love the little bags it comes in too! You can mix up as much or as little as you need. It’s VOC free, and has no fumes or chemicals. The product comes as a powder, and you mix it with warm water. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a chippy finish or not on my piece and because milk paint lends itself to a more weathered finish, I decided to also get the extra bond which helps the milk paint adhere to the surface much better.
Here is the color Slate in the powder form.
This is the piece that I decided to use the Old Fashioned Milk Paint on. My very dear friend gave it to me! It’s an unusual piece, sort of writing desk/bar. I thought it would be the perfect style for the Farmhouse Fun theme! I finally decided I wanted to do a chippy, finish with a two-tone color with the wood coming through as well.
Here is the first coat of the Slate color with the bonding agent added. It goes on a little streaky, but after the second coat, it was fully covered. A little goes a long way.
Because it has been so humid, I had to bring it inside to paint the second coat! I used the Light Cream after the second coat of the Slate was dry. I painted 2-3 coats of the Light Cream color. I think I may have used too much water when mixing up this color because it took more coats to cover. It was more of a washy effect, but it actually worked out better that way!
Here it is after the final coat of the Light Cream. I didn’t let the last coat dry fully because I knew I wanted a chippy finish but I wanted the Slate blue color to show through as well. I started using my coarse sanding sponge, but it was taking off too much paint for my liking.
I decided to wet distress using a Dobie pad instead. I got a dish pan and some water and started rubbing off the Light Cream color to reveal the Slate underneath. This was a new technique for me…it was really trial and error, but aren’t all projects like that? It ended up coming out exactly the way i envisioned. Happy Accident!
Because I had used some of the Bonding Agent in the paint it adhered more to the wood, but I was fine with that. I didn’t let the final coat of the Light Cream dry fully so it didn’t take that much pressure to remove the top layer of paint. It came out unbelievable!
Here is the final result after I finished wet distressing with the Dobie Pad and water. Just what I wanted!
A closeup of the finish. See how the blue color underneath comes through, but the cream color also retains its washy, weathered, worn look. And the color of the wood underneath is such a rich contrast to the blue and white.
Again, here its chipping a bit…perfect!
Now…what to use this piece for?? A bar? A desk? Both? I can’t wait!
The piece originally had fretwork in the center opening, but it was badly damaged and I pulled it off. I decided to add some chicken wire that I had leftover from another project I had done and stapled it to the inside of the piece. That lent itself to the farmhouse look I was going for. I used a pair of nippers to take off any remaining chicken wire hanging over.
And here is this month’s contest project finally completed! I staged this photo so it could be shown as a bar or a serving piece for summer entertaining. I used the mason jar drink dispenser and the mason jars as glasses to give it a “Farmhouse Fun” feel!
I used the Acri Glaze in matte just on the top as the sealer for protection from any spills or dings.
The rest of the piece I used my Johnson’s Paste Wax for protection. I applied with a brush and removed the excess with a rag.
Here it is shown as a writing desk. I used some galvanized watering cans and, an agriculture poster I had gotten when I went on a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. Some old vintage children’s books give it just the right touch.
What an absolute pleasure it was using Old Fashioned Milk Paint! I know I’ll definitely be getting more of this product in the future! If you’re an active furniture flipping blogger and you’re interested in participating in future contests of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I received compensation from Old Fashioned Milk Paint in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.