This is my first official post as an Official Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger! I’ve teamed up with the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company to bring you tutorials for using their product throughout the year. And I am so excited about this first one. I’ve wanted to use the color Driftwood since I first learned about their milk paint line. I love that it’s a brownish grey and it seems like the perfect neutral paint color. Here’s a tutorial on how I accomplished the look I was going for with Driftwood Old Fashioned Milk Paint.
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This side table was covered in a veneer and the detail work on the legs is actually a plastic covering. The veneer was freckled and had minimal damage. It was a perfect find for using milk paint.
Mixing Driftwood Old Fashioned Milk Paint
You will have detailed instructions on mixing the milk paint when you receive it, but for this project, I worked in layers. In the first coat I used: 1 part driftwood Old Fashioned Milk Paint-1 part water-1 part Extra Bond. This give it a strong bond with your surface but it’s still a good idea to give it a light sanding.
In the second coat, I mixed 1 part driftwood milk paint and 1 part water. Without realizing it, this combination is more brown than grey. The first coat was more grey because of the addition of the Extra Bond. But don’t worry there’s a fix! I went ahead with this ration and brushed it on in places I wanted more paint. Basically doing a little more paint than a dry brushing technique. Creating a second layer of color.
In the third coat, I used the same ratio as the first and painted a thin coat over the entire piece. You could also add a small amount of Snow White milk paint to your mix instead of Extra Bond! Snow White is great to have on hand for extra color options.
I chose to lightly sand this piece after it was painted but it’s not needed when using milk paint. I thought it might help blend the layers together. I also distressed the edges and details very lightly.
Using Antiquing Wax For a Finishing Touch
I really wanted to mimic the border of the wooden sign in our living room. Somehow it’s brown, grey and white washed all at the same time. Using the layering of different shades in each coat started this process but I took it a step further with Daddy Van’s Antique Brown Decorative Wax.
Using a stiff round brush, I lightly added the antique brown wax to the detailed areas of the table. I also added some to the top and shelf, but only a light brushing. This time around I used old t-shirts I was about to throw away to rub off any excess wax.
Then I used a white wax I had left over from another project. I thought it would add the white washed effect I was looking for. To make it more like the frame of the sign. If you wanted more of a whitewashed effect I would suggest using a final very light coat of Snow White. I used a clean area of the t-shirt to apply and rub off the white wax.
Finally, I used the t-shirt to buff all of the wax and blend it together.
Would I use Driftwood Old Fashioned Milk Paint again? Yes! I love how versatile this color is. Depending if you want more grey or more brown you just mix in a little Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint.