I have been wanting to try milk paint for a long time. It used to be fairly easy to find, but I couldn’t find it locally. I even tried making my own and it worked but I didn’t make much- just enough to test with. I finally got smart and ordered some on E-bay.
I purchased The Genuine Old Fashioned Milk Paint and also ordered some Extra Bond that gets mixed into the first batch of milk paint to promote adhesion on surfaces other than bare wood. I thought this might come in handy since this thing had an old finish on it.
I was thrilled with the way the milk paint worked. The first coat was a bit see through, but I wanted a little more coverage so I mixed a little more and strategically painted it on. I was careful not to get paint in all of the decorative areas. It dried in a flash, so I had it painted and distressed in under an hour!!! The color I used is buttermilk and it has a slightly creamy yellow tint. I decided to dry brush a little white paint here and there just to brighten it some.
I’m loving how it turned out!!!
I didn’t know there were numbers on the bottom until I started painting.
The # 56 in the center. That was a sweet surprise!
The original dark finish is so pretty where I distressed it.
I love how the finish crackled in this area.
I just now realized that this might have been crackle finish gone bad and not stripper!!!!
You know some crackle varnish products will reactivate long after they are dry.
I already have it hanging over my fireplace and the mantel is spruced up for spring.
It has been gorgeous weather here for the last couple of days. The temperature today was in the mid-70’s !
I enjoy cold weather, but even I am ready for spring to bring it’s glorious colors and smells again.
I am definitely ready for the days to be longer, too. I get so much more done when it stays light until 8:00.