Earlier this week I posted about how I used milk paint to completely transform a dated china hutch in my living room. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to do the job. This was my first time using milk paint and I didn’t know what to expect when I first started it. Of course I did as much research as I could but when you actually do it, you learn a lot. In this post I’m going talk about some of the things I learned when I painted my china cabinet, and what you should and shouldn’t do to achieve that non chippy look with milk paint.
When I was researching milk paint all I saw was pictures of furniture that looked like below.
This chippy and shabby chic look is beautiful, but I’m not into the country cottage look. I want something that is more sleek, contemporary, and elegant looking. The great news is that, yes, you can use milk paint to get a non chippy look, but you need to ask yourself a couple of questions before you decide to go this route. Yes, I loved how my china hutch turned out, it looks like a million bucks, and the finish on the hutch is so beautiful looking. BUT, there’s some cons to using milk paint that I learned when painting my hutch. Let’s dive in.
1. Your Budget.
Milk paint is a specialty paint, you won’t find it at your local hardware store. You’ll have to purchase it online or at a specialty paint store. Milk Paint is non toxic, odor free, and is 100% natural. Because of all of these great qualities milk paint costs more than regular latex paint. So consider if you can afford to spend extra.
To do a non-chippy look you’ll need bonding agent, paint, and if you want the paint to stand up and last for a long time I recommend you getting the hemp oil and furniture wax. Miss Mustard Seed generously gave me most of the products I used on my china hutch, I did have to buy some extra paint and hemp oil. But if I was to buy all of the products I used on my hutch, this is the amount I would have to fork out:
One tip is to immediately clean your blender after mixing the milk paint. I didn’t and the milk paint hardened to inside my jar and it took my 15 minutes to scrub that thing clean. You want to take apart the jar and unscrew the bottom and make sure to clean all of the crevices and cracks to make sure you clean out all of the paint because if you use that blender for making smoothies, you’re not going to want chips of milk paint in your food.
I lightly sanded the areas, added bonding agent to the first coat of paint, and then applied two more coats of paint without the bonding agent and when I was done with that those spots were still chipping! I thought to myself, “are you kidding me?”
I was getting really frustrated so I emailed Marian, the creator of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and ask for her advice on how to get these spots to stop chipping. She told me that if that happens to apply bonding agent in each of your coats of paint. I sanded those areas down again and applied the milk paint with bonding agent and it worked better, but I still have some sports that won’t stick to the wood. I applied the hemp oil and furniture wax on top of this and this will help prevent it from chipping more. At this point I don’t care anymore and have embraced some of those chipping parts.
Rule of thumb, if the thought of having some parts on your furniture chippy doesn’t sit well with you, you might not want to consider milk paint because from my experience there’s still a chance it can chip even if you followed all of the instructions.