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Oval Tables EP4 KF

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In this episode, we discuss and show the application of the finish and grain colour texturing using black milk paint. Having experimented before, Paul can pretty much determine what the look of the finish will be and work towards that end. We apply black milk paint and then use a scraper to cut through the surface, which leaves the wood smooth and removes all of the overall black from the surface. The black is retained in the hollows and recesses, giving the tabletop distinctive look.


  1. joeleonetti on 13 October 2022 at 4:48 am

    Thanks Paul. In the first few minutes while you are applying the masking tape, you mentioned a few other finishes. What would be valuable to me would be a stand-alone video where you discuss the various finishes and some of the pros and cons and when you might use one over the other. You’ve used shellac a lot so I’m very comfortable with that. I have seen you use the polyacrylics some. It’s not how to apply them that I am looking for. Rather, when and why you might choose one over the other. Many thanks for the consideration.

    By the way, I have some white oak in my garage that I am going to use to make a knee high saw bench (two actually). They will also see some use as “chairs” when we have a lot of guests over hence the use of oak. Might try giving the finish you used on this project a try.

  2. David R. on 13 October 2022 at 12:04 pm

    In the video, Paul says he uses chalk paint, which is actually an acrylic paint with minerals added to it, not the traditional milk paint. I assume, General Finishes may be using the name “milk paint” since Chalk Paint™ is apparently trademarked by Annie Sloan. Very unfortunate and confusing, as milk paint is a substantially different kind of finish. Actual milk paint comes in powder form and has to be mixed with water prior to using it. Once mixed it has a very short shelf life. In powder form it can last many years if kept dry.

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