Create a textured, layered, custom colored finish with me today! This finish will work on a piece of furniture with a factory finish or wood. I want to show you how to create custom colors with the Milk Paint, you will love it.
We are going to use Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint as a base. You can paint this over a factory finish! Let this paint dry before going to the next step.
Step 2: Your First Layer Of Your Milk Paint Custom Color
Take your Tuscany In The Summer Milk Paint and mix it with Loire Earth Pigment Powder in their dry form to get your custom color. Add water to get your Milk Paint ready - you want to mix 1 part water to 1 part paint. It will be thin!
Pounce and spread your Milk Paint onto your piece. There is no rhyme or reason for how to paint it, but you don't want a lot of bubbles. Let your paint dry.
Step 3: Cracked Gesso
The Cracked Gesso will crack the Milk Paint. Mix one part Cracked Gesso to one part water (preferable lukewarm). I used 1/2 a cup of each, it will be the consistency of a thin sour cream. Take a chip brush, load it up, and pain the Cracked Gesso onto the piece. You want to pounce it on because that will add more texture.
Step 4: Your Second Custom Milk Paint Color
Mix 3 parts Amalfi Coast Milk Paint and 1/2 part of Noir Milk Paint. You want to mix them in their dry form and then add 1 part water to 1 part paint.
Paint your milk paint onto your piece with a chip brush. Let it dry 15-20 minutes.
Step 5: Time To Antique!
Take your Antiquing Glaze and a sponge - do one pass of the glaze over your piece. Let it set for a few seconds.
Now that the paint is ready to start lifting, take more glaze and pulling the paint.
If you take too much off - just take your finger, dip it in your milk paint, and re-add it to your piece.
Follow along today as Amy teaches you how to achieve this cracked and grody furniture finish. It's perfect for consoles, nightstands, and all textured pieces. You'll have so much fun Getting This Look!
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English Walnut Gel Stain
One Step Paint (Bauhaus Buff, Atelier, Good Man Is Hard To Find)
Dust of Ages
Start With Stain
If you already have a stained piece, just clean it with Clean Slate. Amy used English Walnut Gel Stain and applied it with a rag. Allow to dry one hour.
Apply Cracked Patina
If you apply this on thick - your cracks will be thicker. If you apply it thinly then you will have thin cracks. Add a little water to your Cracked Patina to thin it up for this finish. Apply with a sponge or chip brush. Be sure to fully cover the carvings of your piece and you don't have any holidays. It's going to be shiny - this is how you know you have it everywhere. Let it dry for one hour.
Time To Paint
We are using Bauhaus Buff today and applying it with a Chip Brush. You want to work fairly quickly here because when you start painting the Cracked Patina will start to activate. Always start in the top left corner and down as quickly as you can. The first color will take off the most. You will see the paint start to crack.
Using Your Hands
Time to use your hands for this finish! Start with pressing your fingers into the paint and removing some of the paint. You want to be very strategic with your placement and that you are taking off the most this first time. Be careful to not make your hands a positive tool, you will want to occasionally wipe them. Lightly sand once dried with 220 grit.
Second Coat Of Cracked Patina
Apply a second coat of Cracked Patina.
Apply Your Second Paint Color & Lift
We used Atelier for our second color. Apply it starting at the top and working your way across fairly quickly. Let the paint dry and come to tack. You will see the sheen go away and know it's time to lift! Make sure your hands are completely dry and then start lifting the paint. Lightly sand once dried.
One Last Layer!
Add another layer of Cracked Patina and let it dry about 45 mins to an hour. Apply a coat of Good Man Is Hard To Find One Step quickly to your piece. Let it come to tack. Let this dry completely and then sand! You want your finish to feel as good as it looks.
Time To Seal
You want to seal with Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of Ages. Load up your Chip Brush with Light Wax, offload, and apply all over the piece making sure you get in the crevices too. Apply some Dark Wax around the edges and a little on the piece. Allow this to come to tack and it's time for Dust of Ages. Your wax will be cool to the touch when it's ready and not greasy. Pounce your Dust of Ages on to the piece. Then take a lint free rag and buff your piece with the dust.
New to furniture refinishing or just want a refresh? Watch this video to learn everything you can do with waxes on furniture. YOU can do this. Watch as Amy teaches you the best techniques, how to choose which wax you want to use, and so much more.
We recommend pairing this color with Lakai Blue, Weybridge Classic, Spa White, and Vanderbilt Gray. If you decide to go with Ambala Blue for your cabinets, paint the inside of the cabinets with one of these complementary colors for a fun surprise!
Toscana Milk Paint allows you to easily recreate the iconic historic patina found on European antiques. Each carefully curated pigment is sourced from Italy and the South of France to provide superior finish, color, and vibrancy. Whether you are a beginner or an expert purist, you are sure to fall in love with Amy’s favorite finish!
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