When I posted the farmhouse chippy cabinet on Monday, I mentioned that I ran out of paint and had to request more from Homestead House to complete my project. When I sent in that request I included a photo of my original chippy mess and explained that I had it nearly under control, but had run out of paint!
When Jennylyn, the president of Homestead House, responded she suggested I try her foolproof method for perfect chipping on my next project and she offered to send me the product she was suggesting I try. To be fair, she didn’t call it ‘foolproof’, I’m adding that adjective on my own.
But wait, what?! Back up a minute. There is a method? And it doesn’t involve clicking your heels together 3 times, or crossing your fingers, or knocking on wood? Sign me up!
Here is what Jennylyn told me to do. First, prep the piece properly, then apply a very thin layer of Homestead House Salad Bowl Finish (you can also use Miss Mustard Seed 100% beeswax which is the same thing) to the areas you want to chip. Then paint as usual.
Sounds pretty simple, right?
So I pulled out an old framed mirror that I had salvaged from a dresser to do a little experimenting with this method. I remembered back to my high school science class and decided I need a ‘control group’ of sorts, so I used my old method on the outer sides of the frame and just sanded them lightly and wiped them with a damp cloth. On the front of the frame I sanded a little more thoroughly, vacuumed away the dust, and scrubbed it down with a water/vinegar solution. Then I added a thin layer of the Salad Bowl Finish using a cloth, focusing on the edges and the corners where I wanted chipping. Next I painted two coats of Homestead House milk paint in Buttermilk Cream.
Once the paint was dry I could clearly see that the ‘control group’ or the sides of the frame were chipping A LOT. The front of the frame didn’t look terribly chippy at all though.
But then I got out my fine sandpaper and lightly sanded and voila! There were the chips right where I wanted them to be. And they were indeed pretty much perfect.
Although the ‘control group’ area was chippy, it was not a controlled chippy. In fact, the ‘control group’ was a little out of control.
You can also use this method with layers of different colored paints. For example, paint a base coat of French Enamel blue, add some Salad Bowl Finish, then paint white on top of that. Then you’ll see color under your chips rather than the wood.
For a little extra bit of fun on this project, I added a row of rub-on phrases all along the frame just under the mirror.
They are tiny and you have to pay attention to notice them. Embrace imperfection, discover yourself, look within, one of a kind, stand boldly.
The next time you are thinking it’s too hard to use milk paint and get just the right chippy finish, be fearless and try the Salad Bowl Finish!