Painting metal with milk paint

Milk paint tutorial from My Painted Door (.com) - painting on metal

I have to admit, I am a shabby chic kinda gal. I think that is why I love milk paint so much. It just lends itself to the look. I really enjoyed working on this project and I am quite pleased with the results. I love how the light fixture turned out and it will be perfect for my garden room (which of course is on my dream list and is not done yet.)

Milk paint tutorial from My Painted Door (.com) - painting on metal

A friend of mine gave me this light fixture. I love friends that drop off their "junk" to me.

First, I cleaned the light fixture with TSP because it was extremely dirty and dusty. 

I painted the light with Sweet Pickins milk paint in butter. I added Extra Bond to the first coat to ensure it would adhere to the slick surface. I then put on a second coat of butter paint (no extra bond added).

I then gave the light a quick sanding using a medium/fine grit sanding block and wiped off the paint dust with a rag.

I then applied Sherwin Williams Van Dyke brown glaze with a foam brush and wiped off the excess with a rag, leaving on more glaze in some areas than other areas.

I then applied a very thick coat of Sweet Pickins flour sack paint. For this step, I mixed up about 3 tablespoons of paint powder with a little more than 2 tablespoons of water. I only wanted to put on one coat of the flour sack paint because I wanted to crackle the light fixture and have the butter color as well as the glaze show through. This created a really cool layered look.

Now for the best part - I created the crackled look with a blow dryer! When the flour sack paint was still wet, I simply used my blow dryer on the hot setting and blew it until it crackled. You won't believe how cool this step is. Right before your eyes it begins to crackle. My findings are that the thicker you put on the paint, the larger the cracks are. In the areas where I put the paint on thinner, the cracks were smaller and more delicate looking.

It is very important that the paint is still wet then you blow dry it. Milk paint dries fairly quickly, so if you are painting a larger piece, you may want to paint a small area, blow dry it, paint more, blow dry it …you get the idea.

I then gave the entire piece a light sanding with a sanding block. Then I used a heavier 100 grit sandpaper and distressed the edges and random areas of the light even more. I wiped the dust off with a rag and finished off this project with two coats of Daddy Van's furniture polish. 

I did not want to use the metal chain that came with the light because I was far to lazy to paint the darn thing, so I wrapped the cord with some white cheesecloth. I think it makes it look romantic.

Milk paint tutorial from My Painted Door (.com) - painting on metal

This beat up pitcher is another freebie that a friend dropped off to me. I can't wait until she sees how this turned out.

Short and sweet here … painted with two coats of Sweet Pickins paint in sunflower (first coat had Extra Bond added). Then lightly sanded with a sanding block and distressed more in some areas with 100 grit sandpaper and dust wiped off. Then waxed with Daddy Van's furniture polish.

I love the contrast of the black handle and the sunflower colour. This pitcher is perfect to store my paint brushes in. Only crafty people store our paint brushes and other supplies in pretty containers. You do stuff like that too, right? Come on. I see you smiling.

If you want to learn more about painting with milk paint, you can see all my blog posts at glance! This photo shows just a few of them.

Posted on March 12, 2014 and filed under milk paint.