Today I am talking about how to seal chippy milk paint using Tough Coat which is a product from the Miss Mustard Seed line of milk paint products.
I’m a the let the chips fall where they may kind of girl when it comes to using milk paint.
In fact, I secretly hope each time I use it there will be organic chipping and flaking.
Strangely enough, this is why many people shy away from using it.
When I started painting furniture four years ago, I honestly expected every piece I finished to have huge flakes of paint falling to the ground because this was the street rep milk paint has.
Do you know how many time this has happened to me?
I have only had one piece that had minimal chipping. Nothing like the horror stories of I woke up the next morning and my side table had no paint left on it. (I think these are rumors started by the chalk type paint industry) wink wink
Anyway, I have the same routine of prep for milk paint as you would for any other type furniture paint.
Clean, sand, wipe clean again, then paint. It works like a charm.
Until this honey pine side table entered my life.
She looks pretty innocent, doesn’t she?
Don’t be fooled. Don’t judge a book by its cover, insert whatever cliche’ here you want to.
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After the first coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Linen went on, I skipped off to do something else, and when I came back to check on it, I knew right away I had a problem.
Like someone needs to get Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, on the phone right now because this situation was out of control.
The paint was peeling off in some spots, and in other places it was fine.
I pressed on with the second coat and decided whatever happened after that; I would just live with.
Look closely, and you will see the areas where the first coat didn’t adhere at all.
I started sanding, and paint started chipping away like before, but I decided to roll with it.
Before we go any further.
Before I show you the big reveal.
I know this look is not for everyone.
Apparently, it’s not for anyone because I took this piece to my booth and I waited, and waited, then waited some more hoping some like minded sister in the paint would see it and say Oooooh, I have to have it.
Sadly, this did not happen. It’s currently sitting in my office mocking me.
Here are a few tips on how to seal chippy milk paint using Tough Coat
- swirl the product in the bottle, don’t shake
- pour into a separate container to use
- use a natural bristle brush
- make sure your paint is completely dry before applying
- apply a thin coat using long even strokes, don’t over brush
- the suggested dry time between coats is 2-4 hours
- apply a second coat using the same technique
This was my first time using Tough Coat. I typically prefer hemp oil or wax over my milk painted pieces, but I knew neither one of those products would work to stop the paint from further chipping.
I was really surprised by the smooth matte finish, and it was easier to apply than I anticipated. It’s definitely easier than applying poly acrylic (which I dislike).
All of this information is good, right, but what you’re really wondering is did it stop the chipping.
The answer is yes!
It’s been lugged up and down stairs, in and out of my house and car and I don’t think I have seen a single chip of paint lying around.
But stay tuned because she has an older coffee table sister who is just as much a rebel as she is.
I hope I haven’t scared you away from trying milk paint. Have I?
Don’t worry I have a whole series on how to mix, sand, and prep and so forth.
Of course, I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have based on my personal user experiences. 🙂
Here’s a handy reference list:
- How To Mix Milk Paint
- How To Prep For Milk Paint
- How To Finish Sand and Distress Milk Paint
- How To Use Dark Wax
- 5 Reasons Why I Love Hemp Oil
- 5 Furniture Painting Supplies I Can’t Live Without
- How To Create A Layered Finish Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
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August Challenge: Paint Changes Everything, with your hosts:
Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Sarah @ 1915 House | Kim @ Farmhouse Made
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