Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chippy Side Tables

Boy, July has flown by!  I guess time flies when you’re playing in tide pools and perfecting your back float.

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I have completed a ton of projects that I have yet to share with all of you fabulous readers!  Take for example this chippy milk paint side table…

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I’ve been loving milk paint lately.  I’ve used milk paint many times over the last year but have found myself experimenting with different techniques lately.  It can be a little tricky to work with, especially on super shiny finishes like this.

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I really don’t like using the bonding agent because, for me, the whole point of using milk paint is to achieve the chippy finish that is almost impossible to mimic with other paints.  However, you have to find the balance between achieving the chippy look and the entire layer of paint chipping off of your piece. 

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Milk paint is fun but finicky.  While there are techniques to help you achieve certain looks, you have to remember that it is unpredictable, even on identical surfaces.  Check out the tops on this pair of side tables…

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See what I mean?  The first barely chipped but distressed beautifully with sandpaper while the other flaked and crackled uncontrollably.  I love that though!  It makes every piece truly unique.  Just be prepared to put your plan aside and roll with it! 

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4 comments:

  1. Nice job, Cindy!! This makes me want to use that milk paint I've been ignoring! Thanks!
    Enjoy the rest of your summer. ;)

    June G.

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  2. So on the really chippy one, does waxing it stop it from chipping off all over your house, or do you seal it with something else?

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  3. So on the really chippy one, does waxing it stop it from chipping off all over your house, or do you seal it with something else?

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    1. Yes, Jane. Waxing or using a liquid topcoat like polycrylic will stop the chipping process.

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