I have just come across this amazing time-lapse video by a fellow milk-painter/Stockist in the USA, which shows how to achieve a ‘chippy’ finish with milk paint, if you are going for the shabby chic look. This is in total contrast to the deep, rich finish achieved on the kitchen cabinets in my last post, and demonstrates brilliantly the versatility of milk paint.
Basically, there are three options when using milk paint.
First, if you paint it on a porous surface such as bare wood or plaster, for example if you’re making something from new but want to give it rich, heritage or colonial colours with a matt finish, then two or three coats of milk paint is the perfect choice for depth and character. Milk paint is the most durable paint you can find ~ it adheres to porous surfaces like no other, and the colour will never fade. Of course you can always ‘control’ distress it if you want, and put wax, oil or varnish over the top, but be aware that some finishes will give a sheen and may change the colour slightly.
Secondly, if you want to achieve that same finish on a surface that has already been painted or varnished, you will need to sand it to remove surface sheen, and mix some Extra Bond with the first coat of milk paint to give it adherence.
But, if you want shabby chic, give it a light sanding then just slap it on and see what happens! It is totally unpredictable – you don’t know where it will chip and flake, but for many people that’s the joy in it. Just watch this video and see what I mean! Here Ryann is using Sweet Pickins#’s Milk Paint, which is made by our own Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. (Love the company she keeps too!)