Recently I used a new product that I want to tell you about. It’s General Finishes Milk Paint and I painted a vintage tool caddy using two colours for a layered effect.
You might remember this vintage tool caddy from Christmas. I bought it from a friend and re-used it as the centrepiece on my kitchen table. This is what it looked like at Christmas – super cute with it’s “Santa Express” stencil.
I love its shape and size – it’s the perfect size for my 6′ farm table. And I didn’t want this vintage tool caddy languishing in the basement till next year. So what’s a girl to do? Why paint it! Of course. And this project gave me the perfect opportunity to try some General Finishes Milk Paint.
General Finishes Milk Paint is a modern version of an old world product. It is not a true casein based milk paint, but made more durable with a high mineral content. All that technical stuff means is that this paint is easily applied and has a quick drying time (2-4 hours).
I love how this milk paint is a bit thicker than the other milk paints that I’ve used in the past. And that it’s in liquid, not powder form. So you know you’re getting the right consistency. I always had problems with getting the ratios correct with the powdered stuff.
And I love how it covers. This vintage tool caddy was in pretty rough shape. I did clean it up with KRUD KUTTER Prepaint Cleaner, but it had an oily residue on it. Years of being used as a tool caddy, I guess. And the General Finishes Milk Paint covered it really well.
Once the tool caddy was clean and dry, I applied a coat of Seagull Gray as I knew that a distressed layered look would work best with the vintage tool caddy. Seagull Gray is a light bluey gray which reminds me of the old gray tool box my Dad had in his workshop.
Then I used Antique White for the final coat before sanding the whole piece. My goal was for a very distressed look. And that’s why I chose to use the General Finishes milk paint rather than my usual chalk paint. I know that milk paint is the perfect product for a highly distressed, layered look on wood.
I’ve loved using General Finishes Java Gel on table tops and other projects. And now I’m loving the Milk Paint line as well. Great coverage, easy to apply, quick drying time and 26 awesome colours. It will be in my workshop permanently now.
General Finishes supplied me with the products for this project. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I wouldn’t write about a product I didn’t believe in.
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