I mean how could I not love this paint when some people (admittedly these are pics are from Miss Mustard Seed, a painting pro) are getting results like this:
|via miss mustard seed|
|via miss mustard seed|
Now, this paint is finicky. Something I didn't fully appreciate this when I brought it home for the first time. I did up some frames and they turned out beautifully - they covered amazing, distressed like a dream and made me feel like I too was a painting pro...
I gave myself all kinds of credit and I even shamelessly snickered to myself about all those who "struggle" with this paint.
WAY over confident in my awesome skills - I took on my next project - a side table. AH how the mighty fall...To say it was a disaster would be putting it mildly. It was awful. I could not even bring myself to photograph this disaster. Instead, I scraped off what little paint adhered and started fresh with regular old paint... How could things have gone so wrong? Maybe there is something to what everyone is saying, maybe this stuff is finicky...
Oh and just for the record I don't think I am the most awesome furniture painter ever. I have plenty to learn and more improvements to make then you could list. If from time to time I get a little over confident, but reality always brings me squarely back down to earth... I enjoy painting but I'm no expert!
Anyway, I have decided to put this paint and myself to the test and have lined up several milk painting projects. I will parse them out over the next few posts. So here we go with the first victim:
Candidate #1: sideboard purchased at a local thrift store.
A real beauty isn't she...
After doing an adequate (that's right I said adequate - I live by this word/philosophy) job of removing the varnish I turned to the paint. I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint. You can order it online here. I mixed snow white and pitch black together making a nice charcoal grey. I painted one coat of the grey and then when it dried I over-painted it in snow white. I liked it, but didn't love it (there is no pic of it at this stage). I had to stop here and think on it for a few days...
I decided on this:
2 toned white and grey. I am happy with it now and love the contrast and texture. You can still see the grain of the wood and some charcoal peeking out from under the white.
I actually really enjoyed using the milk paint and I found that after the varnish was off this piece took the paint really well (I did not use the bonding agent - I didn't have any). The paint is definitely unpredictable and covered in some areas better than others, but I think that it ended up giving the piece a little charm and character. There was definitely a point where I was hating it and thought it looked awful, but I pushed on and am happy with the results.
Now my debabte is between this:
Thoughts? Any tips for this amateur milk painter? What about the baskets, yes/no? I would love to hear your opinions.