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Project by Rick posted 07-12-2011 04:14 AM 3165 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to use milk paint to create a look like this for a few years.
Just an mdf buffet/hutch that I got from craigslist. It was white to start off. I primed it first. Using General Finishes “milk” paint I painted it red twice in the areas I thought I might reveal later. I then added a layer of Polyacrylic so that when I sand through the top coat I don’t immediately go through the red also. Then I painted it yellow several times to cover the red. I sanded through the areas where I thought natural wear would occur over many many years.

I also put a new hardboard panel on the back.

I called General Finishes for some tips on using the milk paint. Their resident milk paint expert told me to use a foam brush and said that the paint didn’t need thinning. I gave that up after about 10 minutes. This paint does need a little thinning and I prefer to use a bristle brush most times anyways. I needed it thinned because it was getting tacky in about 15 seconds.

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 05:49 AM

Looks like an antique! Great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 07:22 AM

Nice work! I have always wanted to try milkpaint myself but it still remains a mystery to me. Looks great!

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 11:20 AM

very kool. I like the design

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 03:27 PM

Nice job, Rick.

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 05:08 AM

Great look’in cabinet!! Nice Job…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 03-22-2014 11:20 AM

Now here is a project with advice I can use. I take it the second coat was milk paint as well?

BTW, noticed that bottle of Maker’s Mark…. Ever smoke a Maker’s Mark cigar????

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#7 posted 03-22-2014 12:19 PM

Yes the second coat was milk paint also. I should have noted that. Thank you.
I haven’t had a makers cigar. I’m pretty cheap when it comes to cigars. Hard to spend the dough on something that’s gone so soon. I do like cigars though.

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