I love the chippy look, you know that, I also like to play around with Milk Paint to find new techniques. I did a dresser a while back using chalky paint and Milk Paint. I'd expected that the Milk Paint would chip off the chalky paint. I was so wrong! I've found that applying clear (or dark) wax strategically or haphazardly whichever you prefer to raw wood or unsealed chalky or Milk Paint will result in a perfectly chippy look. I recently started working on an old wine hutch I'm repurposing as a paint display and decided to try this technique out layering multiple layers of Milk Paint.
I first painted the whole hutch in Stoneware and I noticed it was starting to yellow. I know the trick of using spray shellac and I have a few cans laying around but I'm so sensitive to the odor I really didn't want to use it and be fighting a losing battle with yet another migraine. Especially with an new baby! So I moped a bit and took a break. I had originally wanted to do layers of color on the hutch but as usual I talked myself out of it. I went to bed.
In the morning I decided to just go for it! I pulled out a few colors to choose from and decided I wanted a light blue. So I got to mixing my colors and came up with this breath taking pale blue!
Now I'm excited! I use some of my new Clear Beeswax Polish and wax in places where I want the Milk Paint to chip. Next I give my newly created color a quick stir and start painting. It's looking so neat! I really love this color combination!
I always get so excited at this point every time I paint. I start to see my vision come to life and I am always amazed at how Milk Paint really does the work for you! It tells you where the natural distressing of the piece would be and you just guide it along! LOVE!
Once I was finished painting, I used my paint scraper to gently remove the flakes and distress around the edges and where I wanted a little more dimension. Then I used my fine grit sanding block to smooth out the surface. I used my new Beeswax Polish and Antiquing Wax with a little bit of Aging Dust to really define and add age to the Hutch! I think it turned out pretty neat what about you?