- 12 March 2013 at 10:06 pm #9204Dave RiendeauParticipant
Does anybody have any experience with the milk paint lee valley sells. http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=65208&cat=1,190,42942
I’m going to paint the outside of a tool chest and was thinking about trying this out.
-Canada13 March 2013 at 4:00 pm #9227
Yes! I just completed a tea cabinet and a bench in “salem red,” and I’m really happy with the results. It’s easy to apply, dries quick, is safe for both sewer systems and my health, and finishes hard with a nice feel to it. And the colors are really beautiful: think soft, matte-finish pastels, more chalk than latex paint. I really like this stuff, and it will become a regular part of my repertoire.
I applied two coats: brush one on with either a foam brush or natural bristle brush, then let it dry for an hour or so. Lightly sand with 320 grit sandpaper. Then apply a second. After it dries, I rub down with 0000 steel wool to take the “chalky” feel out of it. People say you’re supposed to use nylon burnishing pads for water based finishes, but I didn’t know any better and steel wool worked just fine for me.
Although the paint dries hard as all get out, people say you can put a topcoat on, so I put one on the dining room bench to make it easier to wipe down. The bench got a water based acrylic, which I wasn’t totally happy with. It made the finish feel plasticky and added too much shine. I experimented a little with the tea cabinet, and found that paste wax adds a nice sheen with barely any darkening, bleached shellac darkens the paint just a little, oil quite a bit. I stuck with paste wax for the tea cabinet, just for fun.
Go for it!
Justin13 March 2013 at 4:27 pm #9228Dave RiendeauParticipant
Thanks for the detailed info Justin. Got any photos to share 🙂
I’m planning to use dark green which I think will go nice with the walnut lid and kick board on my big box.
-Canada13 March 2013 at 6:39 pm #9235
I’ll post a pic of the tea cabinet when it’s done. I still have to put on the finishing touches (I have to make the pulls and paint them). Should be done this weekend.
Justin15 March 2013 at 3:59 pm #9288
Head here for some pics of the tea cabinet I built. As is always the case, the pictures don’t really do justice to the finish. But it will give you some idea of what milk paint looks like.
Justin10 February 2014 at 8:49 pm #27614rustyParticipant
I will second Justin’s use of milk paint, I used black and will be putting paste wax on top. I will be looking at the other colours at Lee Valley for other projects. Specifically I would like to try “buttermilk” (off white) and then topcoat with pigmented danish oil. Then have the table top just the pigmented danish oil. Thoughts?
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