The last time you saw this dresser, it was sanded down and prepped for painting…
In case you missed that post, you can check it out HERE.
Years ago, I made a video tutorial about applying the first coat of milk paint, what to expect, etc. While the information really hasn’t changed a lot, I decided to make an updated video as I worked.
In this video, I cover some of the basics, like when to sand and the benefits of sanding. I also talk about application (brushes, rollers, sprayers) and some of the perks of using milk paint, especially if you’re a sloppy painter!
Here’s how the dresser looked after the first coat.
The variance in color that you see is partly the nature of milk paint and partly how the paint was absorbed into the surface. I debated painting on a second coat to even it out a bit more, but I liked how the paint was just barely opaque and you could still see the grain of the wood. From experience, I knew that a Hemp Oil finish would even out the coloring enough, so it didn’t look blotchy.
I mulled over adding decorative painting to the front of this dresser, but I decided to let the beauty of the color, the serpentine front, and the brass hardware take center stage.
I did want to lightly distress the edges, though, just to knock off some of the newness of the fresh coat of paint. For that, I like using 80 and 120 grit.
I use the 80 grit for wearing the paint away on the edges and the 120 to soften the look and run gently over the entire surface to make it smooth and even.
One of the keys to applying Hemp Oil is to really work it into the surface, so it absorbs evenly. Then, wipe away the excess oil. Over the next day or two, you might notice some areas looking glossy or wet. Those are places where there is more oil than the surface can absorb. Just wipe it down with the microfiber cloth and it will even out. It’s just one of the nuances of working with a natural finish.
The upsides are many, though. It’s not stinky, it’s all natural and food safe, it’s fail-proof to apply (really, you can’t mess it up), and it has a beautiful, soft-looking, yet durable finish with a lovely luster.
But, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how it turned out and we’ll officially say “hello” to Aviary…