This is Part 2 of my blog post. You can read Part 1 if you missed it.
A few days ago I shared this old cabinet made with crates. I took some photos while painting to share with you. I know when I read blogs, I like to know the details. If you are new to using milk paint you might pick up a tip or two.
I try to mix my paint and then let it sit for about an hour before painting. I find that most of the tiny lumps seem to disappear if I let the paint sit. Of course, sometimes I am anxious to start painting, so I mix the paint and start painting right away. That is fine too!
I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed's paint in French Enamel. I used 1/2 cup paint powder and added about 1/2 cup of water so I ended up with about a cup of paint. I wanted the paint to adhere really well to the cabinet, so I then added an equal amount of MMS bonding agent (a cup). I always use a milk paint mixer because it makes mixing paint a breeze. You can also mix with a spoon or a small whisk.
To start, I gave the entire cabinet a very light and quick sanding using 120 grit sandpaper. The original paint was fairly shiny and I wanted to knock down the shine a little. I then used a shop vac to vacuum up any dust. A lint free rag also works well. The whole process took me about ten minutes.
Before I start painting, I wet my brush and squeezed out the excess water. I find working with a slightly damp brush works best. I also stir my paint fairly frequently to keep it well mixed.
The above photo shows one coat of paint on the cabinet. I used up all of the paint on my first coat.
When I paint, I always watch for drips and I always find them! Paint always seems to pool around hinges and then it drips when you are not looking. Even if the paint has started to dry, use your brush and wipe off any drips.
Notice that I covered the floor to protect it? That's just the way I do business and I never have to worry about dripping paint on it. Call me sloppy.
I then mixed a second batch of paint the exact same way as the first. Again, I added bonding agent to the paint. I really wanted to ensure that no paint chipped off because I was not going for a chippy look.
Once the second coat of paint was dry, I used sandpaper to distress some areas. I have found that a round sandpaper disc meant for an orbital sander works very well. It is the perfect size piece to hand hold. I usually fold it in half and work with it that way. If I am working on smaller projects (like a picture frame), I cut the sandpaper into about 6 pieces and just use a very small piece.
I started off with 120 grit sandpaper to really distress some areas. I then used 220 grit sandpaper and sanded the entire cabinet. It ended up smooth like butter!
Again I used my handy dandy shop vac to clean up the dust.
When you are sanding you will notice that your paint colour will become lighter, but don't panic! Once you topcoat your piece, it will bring back the colour!
It is important to always top coat your project to protect it. I decided to use hemp oil on this cabinet. I applied the oil with a paint and wax brush because it holds a ton of hemp oil and it is so easy to get in all the nooks and crannies. You can use a paint brush, a foam brush or a rag. I have dedicated this brush to only use with hemp oil because it always seems a little oily even when I clean it.
And just for the record ... the little chair is not a photo prop. I always use a little chair or stool when painting. I stand for the high spots, sit on a chair for the middle areas and sit on the floor for the bottom. I like to be comfy when I paint.
I filled this cup about 1/4 full and it was enough hemp oil to apply one coat. I chose to use just one coat, but you can add additional coats for more protection if you want.
I love hemp oil because you just put it on and there is no possible way you can mess up! Just slop it on! Hemp oil is all natural so it is safe to use indoors. It is also food safe, so you can use it on your cutting boards or butcher block. Sweet!
I let the hemp oil sit for about 30 minutes and then I used a lint free rag to wipe off any excess oil. The doors on the left side of the cabinet have hemp oil on them and the doors on the right side do not. See how the colour comes back to life once oiled? Love love love it!!
And a before and after photo. I love the blue!
Miss Mustard Seed has some wonderful video tutorials on milk paint that are excellent for beginners and advanced painters.
I thought I would share a before shot of this neat old hutch I am painting. I have the first coat of paint on and will share it when I am done.