You all know I've been hinting at this for quite some time, a stain release! Of course if I'm going to create any product for this line it's got to be first of all non-toxic, durable, natural, and have no harsh odor. It's been a long time coming, but I am over the moon excited to share these stains with you, and finally reveal all the details and amazingness within these adorable 16oz cans!
Everyone knows you can find stains such as Minwax, and Varathane wood stains at virtually any hardware store, they are great stains, and readily available, but truth be told, they pose a big problem for me. I can't use them! I get horrible migraines that are triggered by chemicals and odors. It seriously sucks, I'm not going to lie, it is awful. Not even just toxic odors, but put me in relative vicinity to a Bath and Body Works and my day is done. I have to hole up in a dark room and sleep it off. Hopefully, sometimes I will wake up and still have a horrible migraine that feels like some new fresh hell has released it's fury right inside my head. It's the worst and I do everything I can to avoid these beasts. Which bring me to the history behind Old Barn Milk Paint.
I initially set out to find a paint company that had a full line of product that were safe to use. I used to paint inside my house because it was easier to keep tabs on the little ones inside. I needed products that were safe to use, not just for me, but for my entire family, kids and pets alike! When I wasn't able to find what I was looking for within one brand, and believe me, I tried everything available at the time, I decided to create Old Barn Milk Paint. Just for my use if nothing else. I was that desperate. I love painting it's like a therapy for me.
I used to suffer from depression and still do at times, but whenever I feel down or get the blahs and want to isolate myself from the world, I know that if I pick up a paint brush, I will eventually feel better. There is something about taking some old worn piece of furniture and cleaning it up, finding all it's imperfections and creating something beautiful from them. Not hiding them, but embracing them and allowing them to tell a story. Sometimes yes, I just have to rip that crusty veneer off, but what sits beneath it is a thing to behold. You will be surprised what you can find!
I need stains, I love, love, love, the grain of wood. Some of these pieces that come through the shop have some of the most stunning grains you will ever see. One of a kind grains, that you won't ever see again! Tiger Oak tops on a vanity! You just can't cover that up! The body of most of the pieces I work on are usually too damaged to simply stain, but I use it as a base coat at times so that I can see the beautiful stained wood beneath the chipped paint.
Our stains have the finish or "topcoat" built right in. They are virtually a One-Step deal. You simply apply your stain as usual, brushing it on with a foam or bristle brush, following the grain of the wood. Allow your stain to dry, usually about 30 minutes and apply a second coat. You can add as many coats as you like, the colors will deepen with each coat. Lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper every other coat, and when you have achieved your desired depth, you're done! There is no need to apply a second topcoat to protect the finish. If you are staining high traffic surfaces such as hardwood floors, I do recommend sealing with our Oil + Wax for added durability. For other high traffic surfaces such as dining tables, countertops, or butcher blocks, I recommend our food grade Hemp Oil Blend. These oil based sealers will not yellow over lighter stain finishes and will add an extremely durable, water and stain resistant finish! Imagine staining your hardwood floors and not having to wear a mask because of the odor, or evacuate the entire house for a week! I remember when I stained the chalkboard Toni made, I used Minwax and we brought it into the house the following day and the house reeked I'm not kidding you for a week. I mean this is a huge 8ft x 4ft chalkboard with thick boards that were heavily stained, but still! It was a disaster for me! I stayed upstairs for two days and finally had to just deal with it. Yes, I am probably more sensitive to these odors than most and notice even if someone is smoking a cigarette in the car next to, in front of, or behind us at a stoplight but hey I can't help it, it's the way I'm made I don't like it either...
We have three colors available for now. Saddle Brown, Black Coffee, and Weathered, I absolutely love the way each of these colors came out, they are the perfect shades and I really hope you all like them too. I know I made this a lot about me and my weird sensitivities, but I am really excited to share all of these amazing products with the world. I know that there are people who are concerned about chemicals, and want products that are safe for everyone. It's really not about me, but about sharing products that I truly feel if I can use, anyone can. I think I'm my own worst critic because I am so sensitive to smells and so particular about quality. I am very critical of the things I do and add to the line so hopefully if it passes my test, it passes yours as well! I love feedback too, we are still so new as a company and just getting our name out there, it's important to me to hear back about how you like our Milk Paints, Waxes, Topcoats, and now Stains.
I really want to thank everyone for all the amazing support I've had this last year, I am so grateful to my customers and brand reps. Without this support I wouldn't have ever had the nerve to really go at it full on. I am a shy person and not very confident, I am confident in Old Barn Milk Paint and that is a shock to me. I go to events and pop ups and I am so excited to talk about these products and my work! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and keep painting and doing what you love!
Thank you for sticking with me and reading, I love sharing with you and will be back soon to share another little treasure with you!