12 January 2014 at 4:51 pm #25804
It is possible to clean the brush, but you will have to be very quick. Milk paint dries very fast and hard. By the time I was done painting the stool the paint had started to dry in the base of the brush.
http://hillbillydaiku.com12 January 2014 at 5:24 pm #25808
Ok, here is the finished product. The photos show the progression from raw wood to complete. Here is a list of the steps.
1. sanded to 220 grit
2. milk paint
3. burnished with steel wool
4. three coats of clear shellac
5. rubbed out with steel wool
6. paste wax applied
Like I’ve said in other posts, if you try milk paint don’t panic when the paint dries flat and rough. I have got consistent results with the above steps. The completed finish always has good color and is very smooth.
You must be logged in to access attached files.12 January 2014 at 5:42 pm #25813David R.Participant
thank you for the description and photos. Looks promising and I like the green hue. I am eager to try the blue milk paint I got, but still have to make a project to go with it, the cane and cutting board weren’t particularly suitable.
from Germany12 January 2014 at 8:20 pm #25822JasonParticipant
@gman3555, that’s the same process I just finished with my table base, but I had to use 3 coats of latex paint. If milk paint does it in 1 coat, it sounds like a win to me.
Did you use the milk paint as a stain for your cherry table base or was it thick?
Thanks!12 January 2014 at 8:46 pm #25824
@jason , I mixed the milk paint very thin and used it just like a stain for the cherry table. The whole process is just trial and error for me. But so far so good.
http://hillbillydaiku.com14 January 2014 at 12:02 am #25894david o’sullivanParticipant
well done Greg looks super
"we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle14 January 2014 at 12:59 am #25896
http://hillbillydaiku.com15 January 2014 at 9:31 am #25993
That’s a good looking stool. Interesting that you put shellac and wax on the milk paint. For a reason or just out of good habit?
I enjoy working wood in Germany.15 January 2014 at 10:12 am #25996David R.Participant
my guess is the milk paint itself is rather dull and brittle, so the shellac gives a polished surface and offers protection. Correct me if I’m wrong.
from Germany15 January 2014 at 12:12 pm #26002
Thanks Florian…David R. you are correct…I addressed the issue of top coating in an earlier post in this thread….
“Milk paint also offers no real surface protection and must be top coated. Shellac and tung oil seem to be the most popular.”
Milk paint, when dry, is very porous. Top coating just adds a layer of protection and makes it easier to clean.
http://hillbillydaiku.com15 January 2014 at 2:27 pm #26005John MooreParticipant
Greg, your stool turn out amazing. Thanks again for sharing your process. The milk paint is something I have been wanting to try. The colors and richness from the shellac/wax you show on your project rocks. I normally am not in a rush and could easily do a three day routine for a great finish.
Lakeland, Florida USA15 January 2014 at 5:18 pm #26014
Thanks for the kind words John. It may just be beginners luck, but milk paint has given me very consistent results so far. Easy to use, hard to screw up and easy to fix if you do.
http://hillbillydaiku.com16 January 2014 at 9:57 am #26044
I think I’ll try to mix my own. We have a store with great earth color pigments in my neighbourhood and the imported milk paint from the US seems quite expensive over here.
I enjoy working wood in Germany.16 January 2014 at 12:17 pm #26045
Florian…that sounds interesting. I know there are several recipes on-line for making your own.
Did you try this site for purchase?
http://hillbillydaiku.com16 January 2014 at 1:06 pm #26046
No, thanks for the link! It was a different site and the milk paint was more expensive than on the one you linked above. I’ll try one of the recipes and have a look if it works. If not I’ll order some online. For me it’s a question of the prize, too. With shellac for example I pay less than a third by mixing my own and it’s just putting some flakes in alkohol and waiting for 24 hours.
I enjoy working wood in Germany.
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