Mixing it up with Old Fashioned Milk Paint

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So if you haven’t noticed,.. I’ve been starting to get more comfy with Milk Paint.. 
The rustic nature that its great for is something I have been scared of…
It works best when you can let go of a bit of control,.. 
Dare I?
Well something I have also wanted to get more comfortable with is custom coloring.  Mixing up colors I love! It seems that wouldn’t be such a big deal but,.. what if others don’t like it! ..or what if I run out in the middle of using it?! Surely I wont be able to get the measurements exact! 
Then one day it occurred to me.  Its really not that serious. 
Its paint folks.  Its not that serious.
So I set out to find a sweet little table.
Something with details I can play with,.. and I found this.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Aaahhh… adorable right? Now time to get to work.  I went to my cabinet and grabbed a few different packages of Old Fashioned Milk Paint.  I began with mixing up some Tavern Green and Federal Blue,.. I had Pitch back on standby as I had hoped to make a really deep dark teal color….

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Then it occurred to me.  Some time back I had looked into making colors that are relevant to the history of Charleston South Carolina area!  Colors like “Haint Blue” and maybe the color of Pluff Mudd, or Indigo,.. OR “Charleston Green”.  Now as history tells it, after the civil war, the union had sent tons of institutional black paint to Charleston to help with the rebuilding efforts.  Well,.. being as “Charleston-like” as Charleston is, the people decided they simply couldn’t incorporate such a harsh color into the southern charm they loved.  They decided to take yellow paint and added it to the black.  As a result they ended up with an almost black that had hints of green.  A green you could only see in the right light, at the right angle.  I suppose that was enough for them!  And so, as you travel through the streets of Charleston today, when you notice those “black” shutters, and doors,.. rocking chairs and fences,.. take a second look.  They may be Charleston Green.

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

So here goes. A little more black,.. and I had it! Of course Colors tend to deapen as they dry so I knew I only wanted it “So dark”.  Time to put it to use! I quickly took it over to my little table which I flipped upside down and began painting.  Something I have learned is I ALWAYS fox too much paint! …I must work on that… After going over everything with a nice thick coat I walked away,.. and came back to find this… The color was spot on and the chippy happiness had begun!

Old Fashioned Milk Paint
Yep. Chippy Happy Goodness! SCORE!  I flipped it over and proceeded to finish the top.  Then, once dry, I took steel wool and went over the entire piece.  This is where the thick paint helped.  I allowed “glops” and “chunks” so when I went over it with the steel wool, these pieces broke off leaving small chips and imperfections in the painted surface.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
My final step would be tung oil.  (No, not tung oil finish) I wiped a decent coat on and wiped away the excess after about 30-40 minutes.  The next day I repeated this part of the process.
I WISH I could describe the smooth finish and just how silky it feels!! But, I suppose you will have to settle for pictures,.. 
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
Old Fashioned Milk PaintOld Fashioned Milk Paint
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
I may already have another piece or two I just cant wait to use this finish on!  Ill be sure to link them below once I complete them! If you would like to give TRUE Milk Paint a try, just hope over to WWW.MILKPAINT.COM
Also, we have put together a WONDERFUL group on Facebook just to assist with any Old Fashioned Milk Paint questions you may have!
The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Q&A; Group
WARNING tho.  Its quite addictive,.. once you dive into the world of Milk Paint,.. its hard to step away.  Be sure the laundry and dishes are completely caught up first,.. and you may want to have at least a week of freezer meals ready to go!  Now, I am off to go catch up,.. happy painting y’all!


I took it a step further! So I decided to come back and update you guys!
I decided to play with the details a bit a add white wax!
For some reason I love the look of the old Charleston Green shutters that have begun to oxidize.. 
You can check out the white wax process HERE!
and heres the before/after!

What you think?? I like both looks! But the latter was the look I had hoped to achieve!

Be sure to share with me in the comments if you try these products! I’d love to hear about it!

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