How to use Traditional Milk Paint on Hand-made Furniture

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In my above video I show how I mix and apply traditional milk paint and natural color pigment to a dovetail tool chest.

A couple years ago traditional furniture maker Jerome Bias shared with me his method for painting with traditional milk paint. Although I don’t stick with his recipe & instructions every time, I still refer to them often…and I’m going to share it with you here. Thanks Jerome! Here’s a link to the photo gallery of Jerome’s hand made furniture.

 

LINKS TO ITEMS THAT YOU’LL NEED

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I’m often asked about the products that I use in my videos, so here’s what I used (with links to the best prices I found):

Here are some products that I usually use as top coats, but were not used in the above video, or were mentioned in Jerome’s instructions:

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Here are some photos of my tool chest that I recently finished:

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On this particular tool chest I used several coats of Minwax Antique Oil finish as a top coat, followed by Mylands wax polish.

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I absolutely love the rustic antique finish that milk paint provides!

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"I'm wildly passionate about traditional woodworking with hand tools, and want to rekindle this lost art. At WoodAndShop I teach you the skills that I learn, and also share anything fascinating that I discover about traditional woodworking. That includes tours of traditional workshops, beautiful furniture, and my favorite tools and books. I hope you enjoy my videos, photos, and articles. Please feel free to leave constructive comments!"

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Jim Abbruzzese
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Hi Joshua,

Your timing is impeccable as I have spent some time today looking in to milk paint for my current project. I don’t know if I’ll get a separate pigment or just a premixed color, but I am sure the process of mixing with water and applying the paint is the same. Thank you for sharing this high quality video. I’ve seen one or two of your others and I look forward to digging deeper in to your site.

Jim

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