Last summer I was at an estate sale and found a whole pile of old hand saws for sale.
Apparently I am just drawn to anything with a chippy painted finish, including old hand tools, because that red handled saw just jumped out at me.
My initial thought was “I bet that I could paint the other handles to look just as old as that red one using milk paint,” sort of setting a little challenge for myself. In my humble opinion, the greatest quality of milk paint is its ability to create an authentically aged looking finish.
Plus the price was right, so I bought them.
Next I dug out some Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Boxwood (green), Tricycle (red) and Typewriter (black). I mixed up just about a tablespoon of each color and I painted each handle a different color. The Typewriter covered in one coat, but I needed two coats of the other colors.
Once dry, I sanded to distress them and then added a little bit of hemp oil as a top coat.
Now, you be the judge. Here is the original finish on the red handled saw …
And here is the Boxwood milk paint finish …
Well, what do you think? Does it look legit?
So now I’ve proven what you can do with milk paint, so what in the world am I going to do with old saws with Christmas colored handles? Add stencils of course!
I used a stencil that I purchased from Etsy. The entire stencil didn’t fit perfectly on each saw blade so I just used bits and pieces and fit them where they looked good.
I added some 3M Command Strips to the back of each saw so that they could be hung on the wall …
or perhaps attached to an outdoor window box?
The black handled saw ended up being my favorite, and it would have looked great in my black & white Christmas display. But I ended up deciding to take them all in to Reclaiming Beautiful so see if anyone else wanted a Cut & Carry saw!