This time I tried to cheat by using weeks old milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint company. I still had the container of the leftover Bayberry Green color. The pigment completely separated from the water so I decided to pour the water off the top to get to the half inch of pure pigment at the bottom. I put about the same amount of water back in and stirred it up. I decided to see if it would still be good on this table I got from the hoarder garage sale.
I first sanded down the top to stain with Minwax Dark Walnut.
This is how it looked after two coats of the milk paint. What you can't really see is the paint is a little thick and needed to be sanded. I wanted to distress it anyway since I didn't think it looked that interesting.
Well, I guess because I used the paint after it had expired, it didn't adhere well and was sanding off too much. I stopped sanding and just moved onto the dark wax "glaze" technique, but that still took off a lot of paint.
The end result was the look of a wash of the green paint.
I actually like the way it came out, but the paint definitely acted differently now that it was weeks old. I have found on The Old Fashioned Milk Paint website this disclaimer about the paint:
Keep the paint powder sealed until ready to use. If it is kept dry and air-tight, it should last indefinitely. If exposed to air or dampness for any period, the active lime becomes inert and turns to chalk. When this happens, the paint won’t mix up properly and if applied can powder off. We recommend storing unused powder in a glass or metal container with a tight lid.
There you have it! Just mix what you need and don't try to use old mixed stuff. I highly recommend it since it is so easy to use and the color is gorgeous.
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