I love all the chippy goodness on this telephone table I just finished! This is the reason I love milk paint! I mean, look at all that chipping!
My cousin brought me this chair a couple weeks ago. She’d had it for a couple years and wanted to do something with it, but didn’t know what. She handed it over to me and said “do whatever you want”. All she wanted for sure was for me to leave the desktop area unpainted.
So I sanded down the desktop, stained it, and then finished it with a three coats of hemp oil.
When it came to painting the body, I thought I might get some chipping, but I wasn’t sure how much.
After the first coat, the paint was practically falling off in places. I didn’t want it to get so crazy that I couldn’t get a second coat of paint on, so I did the next coat about 30 minutes later.
Once the piece was dry, I lightly sanded the whole thing with a fine grit sanding sponge to get all the flakes off. In the places that I wanted chipping but there wasn’t much, I used a more coarse grit sanding sponge to help encourage more chipping.
Here are a few little hints if you’re going for a chippy look like this.
* the thicker you mix your paint, the larger the flakes/chips will be
* wipe your piece with a damp cloth before painting if it’s dirty, but don’t clean it with any soap or other solutions – you want some grease and oils to stay on the piece in hopes that the paint will chip in those spots
* paint your coats on one right after another – I wait about 20-30 min after my first coat and then paint again
* use a sanding sponge to help pull of the flakes without scratching your piece
* to finish your piece, use polyurethane or polycrylic (non-yellowing) to seal it and prevent more chipping
Milk paint is very unpredictable, which is part of the fun of it! You never know if you’ll get a lot of chipping or a little. And that’s why I love it so much. I don’t have to work very hard to give my pieces an authentically aged look because the paint does it for me!
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PS – does that fabric look familiar? I used it on my duncan phyfe dining set last year! It is seriously one of my favorite fabrics!