Oh how time flies! I was thrilled to have a few spare minutes to blog last evening. Our workshops have made it a little hectic (but fun!) around here lately.
It always amazes me how you can open a little bag of paint powder, mix 'er up and make magic. That's how I feel about milk paint - it's magical! At first, everyone is a little afraid of mixing it, but once they start painting, they love it! Milk paint is so forgiving and you can create so many looks with it.
I know many of you cannot attend our workshops, but I wish you all could! Unfortunately distance is a factor and it would be one heck of a road trip for many of you!
So, for all my on-line painting pals, I have written a quick "how to" on these adorable stools.
The stools are from Ikea and cost $20 Canadian. Hopefully you live near an Ikea because shipping can be a tad pricey. Unfortunately the nearest Ikea is about 8 hours away from me and I had to order them online and with shipping the stools are about $36 each. Even at that price, they are still a pretty good deal. These puppies are raw wood and are super sturdy.
I must admit, I am really winging it here. Karen painted this stool and I was busy working on another project, so I don't have step by step photos. It's a good thing that I am good with words (haha. I wish). Here goes ...
Because the stools were raw wood, we did not have to do any prep work to them. Milk paint is amazing on raw wood!
Remember I said I didn't have step by step photos? Well, this is actually a wood box I am painting - but let's just pretend it's the top of the stool!
Karen started by mixing up some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Curio (brown) and painted the stool with just one coat of paint. She mixed up approximately 5 tablespoons of powered paint and 5 tablespoons of water.
Once the paint was dry, Karen used one of these lovely round Wax Pucks to apply beeswax to the areas where she wanted distressing. She rubbed it on the edges of the stool and also in areas where she felt the stool would naturally distress over time. The Wax Puck acts as a paint resist and when you paint over top of it, the paint will sand off easily once it is dry.
Karen then mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood and painted the entire stool. One coat of Boxwood was all that was needed. Again, Karen used about 5 tablespoons of paint and the same amount of water. A little paint goes a long way!
Once the paint was dry, Karen used 220 grit sandpaper and sanded the entire stool. In the areas where the Wax Puck was applied, the paint was easy to sand off and revealed the colour Curio (brown) that was underneath. Layering paint colours and distressing is a great way to create a farmhouse or vintage look on just about anything!
After wiping off the dust, Karen top coated the stool with Hemp Oil. It is important to always protect milk paint by top coating it. You can use Hemp Oil, a variety of beeswax finishes or Tough Coat.
It certainly doesn't look like an Ikea stool anymore!
Karen used the exact same technique on this stool. Curio paint underneath and Farmhouse White on top.
And just one little tip about painting the stools ...
The screws in the stool are quite large and once Karen had finished painting the stools and sanded them, the paint came off the screws. We felt that modern looking screws took away from the farmhouse look. No doubt, we were being ridiculously picky! To solve that issue, Karen and I painted on a little Bonding Agent over top of the screws before the workshops. Bonding Agent helps milk paint adhere well to difficult surfaces (like metal or glass) and it worked like a charm on the screws.
I have several old scales kicking around my shop and loved how this scale matched the stool.
That's it! Here's the very short and sweet version with links to the products used: