August 26, 2018

Milk Paint: A Series

How to Layer Colours    

Hello Branch Tribe,

We're back with another Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint tutorial! In this blog post we'll talk about how to layer colours of milk paint using a hemp oil resist. This technique creates a beautiful, authentic chippy farmhouse finish that we love!

Milk paint is a powder that needs to be mixed with water before using. Learn more about how to do this in our Mixing Milk Paint blog post.

Also, learn about how to apply the first layer of Milk Paint to raw wood.

Let's get started!

Applying the Second Layer of Milk Paint

For this project we'll be applying hemp oil on top of our dry, pre-painted surface. We painted this serving tray with Curio in our Applying Milk Paint to Raw Wood blog post.

We wanted to paint the tray a dark colour first and then layer a lighter colour over top. However you can choose your fave colour combo from the 25 gorgeous colours, the sky is the limit!

Here's a few tools you'll need.

  1. Mixed second milk paint colour to desired constistency
  2. Hemp Oil
  3. Stir stick
  4. Brush x 2
  5. Cloth (optional)

Here's a short video that shows you how tortr apply the hemp oil and the second layer of milk paint. We'll go through a step by step process below.

Let's Get Started!

Since we want the Curio colour to come through we first have to create a resist between the two layers of paint. We used hemp oil to create our resist, however you can use wax as well.

You can use a brush or a cloth to apply the hemp oil to the surface, we used a brush today.

  1. Dip your brush or cloth in the hemp oil and apply in the areas you want the colour to show through.
    • We applied it to the areas that would have nautral wear. Such as: where the handles will be, edges and some areas in the middle.
    • Remember, the areas you apply the hemp oil are where the top colour will not stick to.
    • You'll want to apply the next colour directly after you finish with the hemp oil resist.
  2. Next, grab your second, unused brush. Wet your brush, this allow the brush to absorb the milk paint easier.
  3. Dip your brush in the paint and apply in long even brush strokes.
    • Milk Paint has a long working time, which means you can go over it multiple times without it clumping up.
  4. Continuing painting until the entire piece is painted.
  5. Let dry for 15-20 minutes, depending on temperature.
  6. Once dry, if needed, apply a second coat of this colour in the same long even brush strokes.
  7. Continuing painting until the entire piece is painted.
  • Remember to MIX your milk paint through out your project as the powder does sometimes separate to the bottom.

Our next blog post will be able distressing and sealing our project! Keep an eye out for that.

If you have any questions feel free to come in store or send us a message! We love Miss Mustard Seed products and want to make sure you get amazing results.

We're passionate about upcycled + reusing and would love to see your projects, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook!

Happy Painting!

The Branch Crew

xo

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