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
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):
- White “Old-Fashioned Milk Paint”
- Light Yellow Ocher earth pitments (100 g). Here is another brand.
- Foam Paint Brush Set
- 220 grit wet sandpaper
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:
- Clear Shellac
- Boiled Linseed Oil (goes under the shellac)
- Denatured Alcohol (for thinning the shellac)
- flat 1″ or 1.5″ taklon artist paintbrush
- Minwax Antique Oil Finish (used instead of shellac & boiled linseed oil. I loved it’s sheen and simple application)
- Mylands Traditional Wax Polish (used on top of everything, as final protection and polish)
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Here are some photos of my tool chest that I recently finished:
On this particular tool chest I used several coats of Minwax Antique Oil finish as a top coat, followed by Mylands wax polish.
I absolutely love the rustic antique finish that milk paint provides!