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  • #9204
    Dave Riendeau
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    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.

    -Canada

    #9227
    moyariffic
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    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!

    Justin

    #9228
    Dave Riendeau
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    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.

    -Canada

    #9235
    moyariffic
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    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.

    Justin

    #9288
    moyariffic
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    Dave,

    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.

    Justin

    #27614
    rusty
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    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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