Sunday, June 9, 2013

Milk Paint Cheat

I tried to cheat the system once again.  My first time was with a sample pot of ASCP in Versaille on the first piece I painted.  I had used half the pot on it and then filled the pot up with water thinking I got more paint for my money.  But the result was paint that didn't adhere well on this rustic shelf.

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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  1. I read where another blogger in BlogLand coined the term "Chalex" b/c she mixed half ASPC and half latex paint. She said the result was very good with good adherence, good coverage, and it distressed well. I believe she initially did it to mix two paint colors to achieve the color she wanted, but it could also be a way to stretch that expensive ASPC!!! I haven't tried it yet but I might try it some time:)

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  3. I like it!! I love the look at the color is beautiful.

  4. I haven't tried milk paint yet but I appreciate the heads up because I could see myself doing the same thing.

  5. Such a cute table and even cuter since you've added your touches. Cute her!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  6. I love the table transformation in the middle photo. It's perfect for me. Especially with the dark stained top. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Definitely good to know! Still looks cute in the end! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. I like the way it turned out. I've never tried milk paint but am going to have to jump on the bandwagon soon.

  9. I haven't tried Milk Paint yet, but I like the way it turned out :)

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  10. I like the end result, and good to know about the milk paint! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  11. Great transformation! Thanks for coming by and partying with us at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  12. This gal is amazing !!! I love her ideas !!!! just great !!! her greatness never stops coming !!!!

  13. Your amazing. I just found your blog and am so impressed by all your projects!

  14. Thanks for joining us at the Creative Home Acre hop and we hope you'll come and party creatively again on Sunday at

  15. Always glad to get new tips! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

  16. Great tip! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  17. Don't you just love experimenting? ... Well, at least most of the time! When everything works out in the end like it did this time! Thar's a darling little table!

  18. this was the post with the most views last week!! Featured on tonight's Trash 2 Treasure party. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness every week on the Korner!!! :):)

  19. I didn't know that milk paint expired (just like the milk in our fridge, huh?) - thanks for the tip!

  20. I love the end result! Followed you from Throwback Thursday!

  21. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!

    Airless Spray


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