Tips for using milk paint.
I’ve used milk paint a handful of times (kitchen shelf, toy cabinet). And I know milk paint is supposed to be unpredictable. But if I’m going to go to all that trouble and expense to use milk paint, I want it to chip. Like really, really, really chip.
I’ve only been able to get milk paint to chip this way once before. It was a beautiful thing watching that paint just flake off.
The other times I’ve tried to help the milk paint along by sanding, scrapping, spraying with water, leaving it in the sun, and I even used a blow dryer on it once thinking the heat would help the chipping process. But none of that has worked. Until I stumbled upon this little trick today. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before.
I’ve had this cabinet sitting in my garage for exactly a year. This was the same cabinet I striped using a garbage bag, you can read all about that process here.
Anyways, have you seen the new milk paint line from Sweet Pickens yet? Well it’s awesome. And much cheaper than other brands. I paid only $14 for 6 oz (which is more than enough to paint a large dresser). I ordered some this week and thought the Sea Green would be the perfect paint for this little cabinet.
I loved working with Sweet Pickins milk paint. It mixed up so easily. With other brands it always seems too runny or too thick and I can never get it right.
It immediately began to chip. But not as much as I wanted.
And this is when I discovered the perfect method for getting the paint to peel. I had used Frog Tape when painting the insets of the cabinets with Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack and when I pulled the tape off it gave me the perfect aged look. Took off just the right amount of paint.
So that’s what I did, just took strips of painters tape, stuck them all over and ripped them off. Just like a band-aid.
And yes I’m aware this cabinet is topless. Still need to build a top for it.
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