Simple Buttermilk or Milk Paint Antique finish look technique

Tommy Pilon · Technical Support · Sep 16, 2013, 06:24 · Last edit: May 15, 2014, 16:19

Here is a simple and popular method which will allow you to give an antique finish look to furniture, shelves or other surfaces with the help of Buttermilk or Milk Paint. You can also use this more advanced method if you want more control or options, but it involves more work.

  • Sand the whole surface with 120 grit sand paper;
  • Apply a coat of diluted Walnut Stain (100 g / Liter of water);
  • Let dry, then apply neutral Carbamex Wax where you'll want to see the walnut color;
  • Apply a first coat of white milk or buttermilk paint;
  • Let dry, then apply neutral Carbamex Wax where you'll want to see either the walnut color, or the white layer of paint;
  • Let dry, then apply a coat of Fort York Red paint (to get a similar result as the images below);
  • Let dry, then chip the paint by scrubbing with a 100 grit Siavlies abrasive pad on the spots where the Carbamex wax was previously applied to reveal either the Walnut stain or the first coat of white paint;
  • Sand the whole surface using a 220 grit sandpaper;
  • Apply an Antic Dark Carbamex wax.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any question or comments regarding this method!

          

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