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Create Beautiful Artistic Finishes with Milk Paint and Overglazing

Create Beautiful Artistic Finishes with Milk Paint and Overglazing

, by Danielle Knip, 4 min reading time

Are you ready to transform your furniture with a stunning artistic finish? Join Amy Howard in her latest tutorial as she shows you how to create a beautiful layered embossed effect using milk paint, Venetian plaster, stencils, and antiquing glaze. This technique adds a touch of elegance and depth to any piece. With Amy's expert guidance, you'll learn how to achieve this timeless look step-by-step. Whether you're a seasoned refinisher or a beginner, you'll find this project both inspiring and rewarding. So, let’s get started and make your furniture pieces stand out!

Amy Howard Home Products:

    Other Supplies:

    • Sea Wool Sponge 
    • Latex Gloves

    Step 1: Mix Your Milk Paint

    Start by mixing equal parts Provincial Yellow Milk Paint, water, and Milk Paint Binder. This 1:1:1 ratio will give you the perfect consistency for your base coat.

    Step 2: Apply First Coat

    With your milk paint mixture ready, apply the first coat to your surface. Make sure it's on a flat surface to ensure even coverage.

    Step 3: Apply Mesh Stencil

    Next, choose your adhesive mesh stencil design. We used the 'But First, Flowers' design for this project. Apply the stencil firmly to your surface.

    Step 4: Begin Embossing

    Mix a little water with your Venetian plaster until you get a thick consistency. Using a spreader or angled squeegee, apply the plaster over the stencil, making 3-4 passes to ensure it's thoroughly embossed.


    Step 5: Mix the Next Milk Paint Color

    Now, mix Central Park Milk Paint with water in a 1:1 ratio. Stir thoroughly until it's well combined.

    Step 6: Apply the Second Coat

    Using a chip brush, apply the Central Park Milk Paint over the embossed stencil. Make sure to cover the entire surface evenly.

    Step 7: Apply Antiquing Glaze

    With a sea wool sponge, apply the antiquing glaze. Start from the upper left-hand corner and work at a 45-degree angle to avoid a straight pattern. Watch as the Provincial Yellow and plaster start to peek through.

    Step 8: Apply Light Wax

    Using a synthetic or chip brush, apply the light antiquing wax in the same 45-degree angle as the glaze. This will add depth to your finish.

    Step 9: Apply Dark Wax 

    Now, take your dark antiquing wax and apply it with a brush, starting at the edges and using a dusting motion to blend it in gently.


    Step 10: Apply Dust Of Ages

    Put on your latex gloves, sprinkle Dust of Ages over your surface, and rub it in with your hands. Finally, buff the surface with a lint-free rag to bring out the texture and finish.

    Final Reveal!

    Follow these steps to create a stunning, layered embossed finish that looks like it has a rich history. Enjoy the process and the beautiful results!


    Check out this Instagram Post to see the reveal!  

    Want to see more stunning transformations? Join the Before and After Facebook Group to see how people just like you are flipping furniture, saving money, and Enjoying the Bragging Rights. You can also follow us on Facebook and get alerts when Amy goes live with her next project! 


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