One of the things that you may have noticed about my blog is that I like to use different types of paint, as well as different brands of paint. Although I do receive free product to use from several different paint brands, I don’t sell paint myself. I like to think of myself as the Switzerland of furniture painting blogs, able to remain neutral. I love trying new things, but I only promote the products that I truly love working with.
I love the ease and simplicity of using acrylic paint for some projects, especially mid century pieces.
And I also love the beautifully smooth finish and the gorgeous coverage you can get with chalk paint.
And sometimes I even resort to using spray paint on certain pieces like wicker and cane items, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone about that little dirty secret.
However, in the end, the paint I love the most for pieces I’m keeping is milk paint.
Just for fun I took a little walk around my house and counted my own painted furniture pieces. I have 1 piece painted in Fusion, 1 piece painted in latex from way back, 3 pieces painted in chalk paint, 4 cane backed chairs that were partially spray painted, and 19 pieces painted in milk paint!
My guest bed below is painted in Homestead House milk paint in a color called Ochre and finished with the Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat finishing cream.
One of my favorite pieces is my rooster cupboard. It’s painted in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, a base layer of Artissimo and a 2nd layer of Flow Blue, then finished with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.
The bed in our master bedroom is painted in Homestead House milk paint in Coal Black with Homestead House black wax as a topcoat.
I love the look you can achieve with milk paint, especially when it crackles …
or gets chippy in just the right places.
There is just simply an authentic feel to a distressed milk paint finish that you can’t get with any other kind of paint. Sure, you can come close, but to me the others always look a bit more faux.
That being said, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post sharing all of my favorite products from the various brands of milk paint that I’ve used over the years. I’m hoping that I can inspire some of you to break out the milk paint yourselves. And what better way to do that than having a giveaway?
So I reached out to my favorite Fab Four milk paint companies, Homestead House, Miss Mustard Seed, The Real Milk Paint Co and Sweet Pickins, and asked if any of them would like to offer some product for me to give away.
And you know what? They all said yes! And then sent me piles of stuff to give away.
Not just paint, but also different top coats, brushes, books and even some stains.
In fact, they were so generous with the free stuff that I’ve decided to break it down into five prizes!
One for each day of the week, Monday – Friday. So just for next week, and next week only, I am going to return to posting each weekday. Five days in a row of posts all about milk paint. We’ll start with the basics and work our way up. I’ll post about different techniques such as layering with other types of paint, how to get your paint to crackle, how to achieve perfect chipping every time (and how to fake it if not), what kinds of topcoats to add and how durable they are and any other subject I can think of.
And each day there will be a giveaway!
Details on how to win will be included with each post.
So be sure to check back on Monday for the start of Milk Paint Madness!