Showing posts with label garland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garland. Show all posts

March 25, 2014

Spring Inspired ~ General Finishes Milk Paint

Hello again!

These blogging breaks keep getting longer and longer. My sincerest apologies. 
 Let's move on to the pretty stuff! I'll put all the details at the bottom of this post.







 General Finishes Milk Paint sent me a few paint colors, glaze and sealers to try. To make sure I had enough paint to complete this entire piece I had to mix colors . General Finishes, by far, is the best paint I have used to date. There were hardly any brush strokes, I didn't have to prep and it dried hard! Even though it's called milk paint, it's not like the powder form. It is already mixed and it doesn't get "chippy" like other milk paint. It's not as watery as milk paint...it's somewhere between milk paint and latex paint.
Love this stuff!! 

About the color.
 I mixed 2 parts Basil to 1 part Halycon Blue. It was a gorgeous shade of blue-green. It just wasn't the look I wanted so I mixed a few other colors to achieve the final look. At this point I didn't measure but I mixed in a little Coastal Blue, Lamp Black & Van Dyke Brown Glaze. It turned out to be a deeper blue with grey undertones. Perfect! 
You don't have to a top coat with General Finishes but I used paste wax to seal this piece.

 Our school is having a silent auction and I wanted to donate something fun and different for the auction. 
 I wanted to add something pretty to the drawers to entice bidders. Especially the female bidders!
 I found the fabric at Handcock's for $6.99 a yd. 
I kept going back and forth on the fabric but I had to pick something and stick with it. Yes, it's bright and bold...and probably not for everyone. 
On the other hand, it screams spring and it's a nice surprise when you open the drawer.

Let's start the bidding!

If you would like to purchase General Finishes you can visit their webpage (click here) or get inspiration from their Facebook page (click here).



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December 02, 2012

Milk Paint and a Little Gossip

Sorry to disappoint but I don't have any gossip for you but I do have a gossip bench painted with Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

BEFORE
 
 AFTER

The before really isn't that bad but I wanted to try milk paint out on something and this was it.
I used Sea Green by the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. I did not use the bonding agent because I wanted a naturally worn look.  I chose OFMP over MMS milk paint because of price and color choices.

 



 
This picture is the truest as far as color and clarity.
I'm hoping Santa gets my letter about the new camera I asked for....
 
 
 
 
I applied two coats of the milk paint and lightly sanded between coats to loosen any flakes that occurred. This is what it looked like after I sanded and before I waxed.
 You can see the color is a little dull and flat before I waxed.
After I sanded I think the paint really started to chip. Also the longer it sat the more it chipped.
If you don't want the natural chipping and peeling of milk paint add the bonding agent and you can control the amount of peeling.
 
I think it came out great.
 
I want to give credit to other furniture bloggers, pinterest, and crafty people all around for the garland idea. I have seen different homemade garlands and I wanted to make one. There is a garland with dyed doilies that I might try next.  
I used a circle punch and picked out scrapbook paper that I had and then taped them to fishing line.
 
 
 
Have more questions about milk paint?
 
Here some great links to check out:
 
 
What do you think? Are you wanting to try milk paint?
 
 
 
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