Tuesday, December 18, 2012

milk paint & glaze

In yesterday's post I went over my preferred clear coat for milk paint.

I love the original green of the antique high boy I posted here, but wanted to give it additional depth and movement by applying a glaze.


My preferred glaze isn't a typical glaze or a tinted wax, but an oil-based wiping stain.  The Old Masters is my favorite and can be found at your local Benjamin Moore retailer.  Make sure to pick up a china bristled stain brush to use for blending while you're there.


  (You can find the step by step glazing tutorial here)

To deepen the movement of the glaze, I avoided applying the same amount to the entire side or drawer.


I wiped the stain on the outside of the drawers and used my brush to blend inward, creating a lighter glaze in the center of the drawers.


I did the same on the sides and top.


If you prefer the green without glaze, skip this step and apply your clear coat of choice.

I picked the shape of the hardware to keep the piece a little more modern looking.  I originally painted it a bright gray but ended up not liking the intensity next to the final green, so I brushed a light coat of glaze on those too. 

To finish it off, I wiped on two coats of oil-based poly and she was done.

14 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I usually avoid working with poly because of the need to keep the air free of fibers etc, but I may have to revisit it again! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know what you mean, but for some reason with this method, I haven't run into that problem. You'll have to give it another go.

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  2. I don't think you've ever done a piece I don't love. Beautiful!

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  3. Suburb results! I absolutely adore all of your color choices, they are like candy for my eyes!!!
    xoxo
    Kate

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    1. Thank you, Kate! The means a lot coming from you of all people. :)

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  4. Very pretty! I would have never picked that color green, but it is beautiful!

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  5. Thanks for all the information I always find here! I have several pieces waiting to be painted but they need a little something extra beyond just paint and I think this is the answer. Do you have to clean the stain brush after each use?

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    1. Yeah, I clean mine after I use it.

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  6. That color of green is beautiful! Right on trend:)

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  7. Natty ... This is dee again ... Have you considered doing workshops ? You are so amazingly talented . I would surely be interested if you ever hold some! Love

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  8. That is another gorgeous piece you've done! Love the green. Always fun to see your work.

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