I’m excited to share with you my first piece using a ‘new’ paint (at least new for me)! I recently received a few sample colors from the Real Milk Paint Co. I have been wanting to try their paints for such a long time now and was really excited to get started!
Up until now, the majority of my work has been done using chalk paint. I love and still love this type of paint, but wanted to try and branch out a bit. I love the look of milk paint and have seen other people’s finished pieces using this brand and really wanted to give it a try.
Using only my small samples (each about 2 Tablespoons of powdered paint mix) I was hesitant to begin work on a large piece – I didn’t want to run out of paint on my first attempt! So, I decided on this basic oak mirror I had recently found at our local thrift shop. It was in structurally great shape, just was a bit boring. I thought a little color might liven it up a bit and decided to use the boldest color of my three samples: Arabian Nights.
In order to prep the mirror for this new paint, I first gave it a good sanding. I really wanted to smooth out some of the rough spots on the frame of the mirror and also take off some of the older finish. Once sanded all the dust was cleaned up and the glass was taped off and we were ready to mix the paint!
As I mentioned earlier, I had only used chalk paint and pre-mixed milk paints before this and I was a bit anxious about mixing my own up. Didn’t want to mess it up – but it was really quite easy. I added 2 Tablespoons water to my 2 Tablespoons of powder and mixed away – the consistency of the paint started to thicken up a bit as I mixed and before I started to paint I added about a teaspoon more of water, just to thin it out a tiny bit.
The first coat of paint really penetrated the grains of the wood but after a quick, light sanding another coat was applied and the mirror looked amazing! Check out the closeup of the frame!
This color, close to a charcoal gray / black with hints of navy blue, is gorgeous! I can’t wait to use it again on a larger piece.
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