A couple months ago I sent my sister, Sheila, a package in the mail that contained everything she needed to get started with milk paint. Although Sheila is an amazing artist, she had never dabbled with milk paint.
Sheila has now painted all sorts of projects, including many things in her garden, and she has fallen in love with milk paint and hemp oil. Once her flowers are in bloom, Sheila will take some photos to share with us.
One day Sheila called me and said she had used hemp oil to revive all sorts of things in her home and that she desperately needed a "big girl" jug of hemp oil because she was seriously addicted ... and we laughed.
During that same phone call, I was telling Sheila that I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the projects I had on the go and that I was basically heartbroken because I didn't know how I was going to find the time to clean out my flower beds this year. Last year I pretty much ignored my gardens due to a couple injuries and huge time issues. Because I didn't get all my flower beds cleaned out last year and I did very little weeding, my garden was a huge mess this year.
Being the awesome sister that she is, Sheila offered to come help me around my shop and in my flower gardens for a week. She took holidays from work and drove 8 hours to help me. It was quite the drive just to pick up a big girl jug of hemp oil!
Sheila and I spent several days cleaning out my flower beds and weeding. We managed to get a little over half done, which was amazing! We also did tons of small projects around my shop.
I asked Sheila to bring along some items to hemp oil so that we could play around with it. Sheila chose a variety of interesting objects that needed some hemp oil love. This is the before picture.
Sheila had this old architectural piece that had been in her garden for a couple years and she wanted to protect it before it started to rot.
The hemp oil really brought it back to life!
Sheila uses this cast iron piece as a bird feeder in her garden. It had become very rusty over the years.
We could not believe how beautiful this turned out! Hemp oil is also food safe, so we knew that it would not be harmful to put bird feed in it.
Okay, admit it. I know you are thinking about all the cool rusty stuff you have kicking around that could use a little hemp oil love!
Sheila had this great little terra cotta pot that she decided to test hemp oil on.
We could not believe how the hemp oil pulled out more colours. Although it is almost unbelievable, she did not add any paint to it, just applied hemp oil. Pinky swear.
I forgot to take a before shot of this vintage metal storage box, but the hemp oil made the red more vibrant and added a beautiful sheen to the box.
Sheila also had this cute little paperboard box.
The hemp oil darkened the box and we definitely preferred it a little darker. The hemp oil will also protect it from getting dirty and Sheila will be able to wipe the box with a damp cloth if needed.
This old child's chair is one of my treasures. (You may not agree that it is a treasure, but it is to me!) It was quite beat up and the leather on it was becoming brittle.
The hemp oil really soaked into the leather and softened it. It also added a wonderful sheen.
This was another architectural piece Sheila had in her garden. She loved the time worn look to it, but did not want the paint to continue to flake off when it was exposed to the elements.
The hemp oil added a slight sheen to the piece, but we did not notice any other significant difference. The hemp oil will help protect it from further wear and tear.
And just some before and after photos side by side (because they are much more impressive that way. lol)
Sheila used a waxing brush to apply the hemp oil because it makes getting into all the nooks and crannies super easy. She wiped off the excess oil with a lint free rag.
Miss Mustard Seed also has a wonderful video about applying hemp oil and Homestead house has a very informative blog post "tung oil vs hemp oil" that you may find helpful.