Tavern Green milk paint has been high on my furniture painting to do list. I just love how rich with color it is while still remaining pretty neutral. And if you’ve been around a while you know how I’ve made a big jump to using mostly neutral colors in my home. I’m currently working with Old Fashioned Milk Paint and just love their color selection. They sent me the paint and tung oil for this project.
I actually have a before picture of this one! You guys the struggle is real when it comes to remembering to take before photos. With two littles I have to take my little alone time by the horns and just run…out the door. With our office remodel happening I’ve totally been working in the house…on the carpet! Because we’re ripping that stuff out! Feeling like such a rebel over here.
You can get all the details about how I paint furniture from my Detailed Guide to Painting Furniture but I’ll quickly go over what I specifically did for this guy.
Working with Tavern Green Milk Paint
- Sanding. There really isn’t a no prep paint… less prep maybe. With milk paint, you want to lightly sand any surface you want the paint to stick to. I’m lazy, seriously lightly sanded.
- Mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint powder with water and Extra Bond. It’s an equal portions formula which I love! There will be chunks, keep stirring, strain if you want… or avoid them like me. Like I said, I am lazy or in a hurry, you never know when the kids will wake up from naps. I saw recently saw someone mix theirs in a bullet blender. Never did this myself, just be sure to let it sit and the air to settle.
- 3-4 coats. I wanted the coverage to be as solid as possible so I took the extra time to do one more coat than I normally do.
Finishing touches with Tung Oil
Tung oil is a little new to me. I had heard about its awesomeness in a few Facebook groups I am in but was never brave enough to try it. It was easy to use and low odor (kind of smelled like play dough to me). I like that it didn’t drastically change the color of the paint. Really just enhanced it. It takes longer to cure than other finishes I’ve used but that didn’t bother me. It’s touchable but will harden as time goes on (by the way wax is like this too).
You can read up on other painted furniture finishes I’ve used and see which one you like for yourself. It’s really a matter of trying them to see how you like them.
Have you heard of Tavern Green Milk Paint or Tung Oil before?