A while back I tried milk paint for the first time, and the results were less than awesome. In fact, I like to call it my “milk paint fail.” You can read about my mishaps at Milk Paint Makeover – Part 1 and Milk Paint Makeover – Part II. This is where I left off with my poor, ugly nightstand….
After shedding a few “feeling sorry for myself” tears, I re-sanded down all of the chipped areas, ordered some more milk paint, and purchased the Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent.
Milk Paint Tip for Readers: Always use the bonding agent with milk paint, so that you control the distressing process!
So, here is how things went down.
- I mixed the bonding agent and the paint together per the instructions. It ended up being really runny, which in hindsight I could have fixed by adding in more powdered milk paint, but I just let it slide. That made for a lot of extra coats because the paint was really thin. So, if you use the bonding agent, I recommend thickening up the paint a little more to save you a little time.
- I painted, and the paint actually stuck! It took many coats (5 or 6), because the paint was so thin, and a little light sanding between coats, but in the end I had a completely painted nightstand. Hooray!
- I did a little distressing, but I’ll admit I was a bit shy about it. I just wanted to be done with it, you know? And, I kept having thoughts of messing up the distressing and having to start over again. No thank you!
So, here is the finished product in the guest room. I like the way the nightstand turned out, and the color is really nice. The bubble on the top is completely gone! The guest room is still a work in progress, so I think once I have it all done and painted, the nightstand is going to work perfectly.
Well, I hope you can learn from my experience with milk paint, and hopefully these posts will save you some headaches. Let me know if you give it a try, or if you are a seasoned pro with milk paint, please share your best tips.