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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.
Milk Paint is so diverse! Watch this and learn all the different finishes you can create with Milk Paint. Watch as Amy takes you through how to use Antiquing Glaze, Milk Paint Binder, Furniture Tonic, Matte Sealer and more!
1. If you're starting with raw wood you will want to stain it. Amy used English Walnut Gel Stain, apply it with the grain and liberally everywhere. Then lightly wipe it off with a lint free rag, be sure you don't have any streaks. Gel Stain will take about 30 minutes to dry on raw wood.
2. Now it's time for Cracked Gesso! Cracked Gesso is the key and allows us to get this gorgeous finish. You will want to mix the Gesso with water, you are looking for a consistency similar to thin sour cream or pancake batter. Amy took 2 hearty spoonfuls and mixed it with tap water. Be sure to stir the granules very well. The more cracks you want, the more Gesso you want to put on.
3. Apply your Gesso with a chip brush, going with the grain. Be sure to get the Gesso all over the piece. Lighten up your touch as you are going over the piece, this way you will avoid brush strokes. Allow this to dry for 30-40 minutes. Now sand your Gesso with 220 grit sandpaper before your next coat, sand with the grain. There will be residue coming up, this is what we want! Apply your second coat of Cracked Gesso, let it dry, and sand.
4. Time to mix your Milk Paint. You want this to be much thinner than your Gesso, we will do a 1:1 ratio of Milk Paint and water. The Milk Paint will be runny, this is perfect! Take your Chip Brush and apply the Milk Paint over your Cracked Gesso, 100% coverage. Let your Milk Paint dry.
5. Take your Antiquing Glaze and get two cups, one that is water and one that is Antiquing Glaze. Amy cut her Antiquing Glaze with a little bit of water for this project. Take your sea sponge and dip it in your water, then dip it in your Antiquing Glaze. Start pouncing your sponge on your piece and work in sections, work in organic sections. Wet the entire section with your Glaze. Put your sponge in your water to clean it, dip in the Antiquing Glaze and do another pass. Pat with a lint-free rag so you can see how the paint is being pulled. Add more glaze to areas where you want the paint to be pulled more.
6. If too much product came off when you were Antiquing, easily fix it with your Milk Paint! Use the side of your chip brush to re-apply. Let this dry for 15 minutes.
7. Take your Light Wax and Chip Brush, load up your brush and offload. Lightly apply the wax here and there. You do not want heavy coverage. Take your Dark Wax on a different brush, load it up and offload. Come around the edges of your piece and dust the wax then fan it into the center.
8. Sprinkle some Dust of Ages onto your piece and work it into the finish with a Chip Brush. Then buff it with a lint-free rag, in the same direction as how you painted and antiqued the piece.
Start by staining your piece with Gel Stain, Amy used English Walnut. Take a lint-free rag and wipe the stain after applying it. Let it dry for about 2 hours.
Then apply a layer of Cracked Gesso to your dried piece.
Mix up your custom Milk Paint color. We used 2 teaspoons of Scandinavian Grey, 2 teaspoons of Amalfi Coast, and 2 teaspoons of Noir Black. You want the mixture to be 1 part powder to 1 part water for a thin consistency.
Paint on your custom color, this is the darkest color you will use. Apply with a chip brush and remember to lay your piece flat.
Next is a layer of just Scandinavian Gray Milk Paint. Mix it with one part powder and one part water. Apply with a chip brush.
Next take Antiquing Glaze and apply with a sponge. Work at a 45 degree angle and work your way across the piece. You want to go for an organic look! We want to cover the entire piece in the glaze.
After you've covered the piece, clean your sponge in a water bath before dipping it in to the Antiquing Glaze. Allow the Antiquing Glaze to sit for a while so that it will allow you to lift the paint. After cleaning your sponge, take it and start working it over your piece again to start pulling the paint. Keep cleaning your sponge as it gets dirty with paint.
Once you've worn the piece to your liking, it's time to wax! Load up your Light Wax, offload it on to some cardboard. Then go over the piece in passes, try not to go over the whole piece.
Next take your Dark Wax and feather it over the edges and various areas. You do NOT want to put the Dark Wax over your whole piece.
Take your Dust of Ages and put it over the whole piece. Work it in with your hands once the Dark Wax and Light Wax have set or come to tack. Take a lint-free rag and buff the piece with the Dust of Ages on top.
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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