In several of my recent milk paint demonstrations while addressing “the chippy look”, people have asked what happens if you paint over chippy milk paint?
Great question! Let me give you a visual…
So in other words, you have a shiny or varnished piece of furniture that you paint with milk paint without bonding agent added and immediately this happens…
The paint begins to flake or chip off as quickly as it dries. Cool, right? But maybe that is not the look you are trying to achieve. So for better coverage with lots of texture simply paint over the first layer of chipping paint with bonding agent in the second coat.
Did you get that? When it dries it will be bumpy and raised in certain areas from where the first layer chipped.
At this point you will want to sand it back with a fine grit sanding sponge. Sanding will smooth the surface out while also pulling out some of the other colors.
For coverage comparison purposes, the chair on the right pictured below is painted dried lavender with bonding agent.
Finally, wax your textured piece. This is a good opportunity to mix white wax and antiquing wax since you already have various shades of paint and loads of texture. You can’t go wrong!
I usually have a random “experimental piece” like this sitting in the workshop. This way I never waste leftover milk paint and I usually learn a thing or two as I play. At some point, I deem it finished. This particular bookshelf started with lucketts green, then got some ironstone, eulalie’s sky and linen plus all three waxes!
Lots of paint posts lately as I’ve been plowing through so many pieces in my workshop this summer. Subsequently they turnover relatively quickly as this is our busiest season for retail. We are planning our winter list of DIY house projects and it is looking mighty fine. I can’t wait to share all of that inspiration as it unfolds in just a few months! Although, I certainly don’t want to rush summer…