Also, being true milk paint, it must be mixed with water in equal parts of paint to water ratios. It has exquisite characteristics as it coats and dries. It can stick fully to porous surfaces, or chip and crackle on non-porous surfaces. In order to ensure adhesion to non-porous or shiny surfaces, they have a great product called extra bond which gets blended into the premixed paint for the first coat.
Milk paint is self-leveling so it sets smoothly on your surface. I am telling you, this paint is the way to go. It is mesmerizing to watch as it dries and graces your piece with a unique finish unlike any other paint.
It does need to be topcoated as it is extremely matte. If you want your piece to gather household and everyday, how shall I say it... grime for patina...then you can opt to leave it to collect memories of life around it.
I chose to refinish a very old and excellent quality tall chest made by Union decades ago. Here begins this piece's journey from marred and abandoned in its homeliness to all dressed up and waiting for somewhere to go in its new country chic finish.
Here it sits bare and beat:
Next I scrubbed and left my handles to sunbathe while they waited their turn to be coated in OFMP's paint and then the antique crackle medium.
I let this set for a few hours and then I began adding some decorative detailing to the drawers. For the shallower top drawer, I applied a raised stencil which I would then brush over with the two paints alternating layers to get the tone I wanted. The first step is to measure your stencil to center it. I like to use the pull holes as a guide.
I was also using some tissue paper to decoupage the centers of the rest of the drawers. To achieve a tattered edge which is more complementary to a shabby chic appeal, I use a small paint brush and dab water along the edges pulling them away.
After all the crafty fun, here is my scrumptiously shabby country chic dresser made perfect with Old Fashioned Milk Paint products.