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milk paint 101 | topcoats

I realized I totally dropped the ball on our Milk Paint 101 series!  I left you at the first coat and promptly forgot about you. So, you've applied the number of coats needed in order to get the finish as opaque as desired.  In most cases, two coats do it.  Sometimes more are required if there is a high contrast between the color you chose and the surface you're painting. Once everything is dry,  (read more …)

making a “vintage” chalkboard

As I shared yesterday, the past couple of weeks in the studio have been devoted to getting things finished that have been hanging around for way too long.  I've ignored some of them, because I knew they would be a pain-in-the-rear to work on, like the French chair with nailhead trim (yet to be revealed), and I ignored others because I just didn't know what to do with them.  I knew they had  (read more …)

creating a chippy finish

One of the reasons I love milk paint is because it can chip and flake in a way that makes a freshly painted finish look authentically old.  This chipping can be a bit random, though. I've tested out a lot of different products and techniques to consistently force chipping to happen and, while I've achieved some great finishes, the consistent, authentic-looking chipping has been illusive. Until  (read more …)

milk paint 101 | first coat & the ugly stage

Sorry that it's been over a month since I last posted in the milk paint 101 series!  I like blog series, because they help me focus my writing efforts, but I am still Marian and I still get distracted. So, let's continue. But first, here are links to the first three parts of this series, in case you missed them... part 1 | what is milk paint? part 2 | how to mix milk paint part 3  (read more …)

milk paint 101 | surface prep

Now, you know what milk paint is (part 1), you've mixed it for your project (part 2), and now it's time to get your piece ready to paint.  This is the part that many people are confused about and where many projects go off the rails.  I'll be honest in saying that I have contributed to that confusion, I'm sure.  In this day and age where no sanding, priming or prep is the trend, there is an  (read more …)

milk paint 101 | mixing milk paint

In part one of this series, we talked about what milk paint is.   Now, we're going to get into mixing, which I think is the most intimidating part for most people. First of all, we're not use to mixing paint, right?  It usually comes in a bottle or can and it's already a liquid.  Just dip in your brush and go.  I must admit that the convenience of that is nice. The reason milk paint doesn't come  (read more …)

milk paint 101 | what is milk paint?

I've written a lot of posts about milk paint.  In fact, we have an entire blog just dedicated to all things MMS Milk Paint.  I could talk about it a lot more than I do, but I never want my readers to feel like this blog is a milk paint commercial.  But when I asked you what you wanted from my blog, I was surprised to learn that many of you wanted to hear more about milk paint. I mention it a lot,  (read more …)

Milk Paint on walls & Kriste bought a house

So, Kriste bought a house!!  Our little girl is growing up so fast. She and her husband, David, closed on a sweet 1920's craftsman bungalow just over a week ago.  Not a bad first house at all!  It has lots of charm and lots of potential as well.  (It even has a studio space for Kriste!) And this girl has been dreaming about that potential.  Here are a couple of detailed sketches she made for  (read more …)