A sure fire way to lighten up a space is to paint any existing furniture that's dark, a light colour! It’s always an incredible change! Here we show you how you can create a white wash look, or a solid opaque white coverage using white Milk Paint on this rustic wood bench.
This bench was the perfect candidate! For this project we went with “Hotel Robe” Fusion Milk Paint, our brightest white in the milk paint by Fusion range.
Here's what you're going to need for this project:
- Hotel Robe Milk Paint by Fusion
- Staalmeester Round Brush
- Stain and Finishing Oil in White
- Chip Brush
We followed our Mixing instructions here:
Step 1 - Mix it up!
It's super simple to mix Milk Paint, just mix 1 part Milk Paint powder to 1 part water. Give it a little whisk for a minute then let it sit for about 10 minutes so all the powder dissolves, and then stir again. It’s important to continuously stir as the pigments are heavy and will settle to the bottom, and hint - the pigments are what cover oh so well!! The water stays at the top - so mix it up!
Step 2 - Paint!
With lighter colours your coverage will not be the greatest, this is totally normal! You will most likely need 3-4 coats to get full opaque coverage. If you want to cheat - you could always add a higher ratio of powder for better coverage, however you don’t want to thicken your milk paint too much because it could drag when painting with it creating texture, brush strokes and could also crack when it dries - alternatively if you want those looks, then thicken that baby up!
Step 3 - Finish
Let's talk about bare wood for a minute...this surface is THE BEST for milk paint. Raw bare wood! The milk paint is going to soak in and just hold onto those wood fibres - never to chip or peel! That’s right, on porous surfaces you will never get peeling, chipping or flaking as the milk paint literally soaks into the wood fibres and cements itself! So all we did to prep was make sure there was no dust, grease or dirt on the wood, and then painted! This bench took 3 coats for full coverage. Since Milk Paint requires a top coat, we decided to go with the Stain and Finishing Oil in White, whilst we wouldn’t typically recommend an Oil based top coat over top of white (because oils typically yellow slightly) we were going for a bit of a rustic look, and the white pigment in the SFO should prevent much yellowing.
Voila! this stunning bench really stands out now and is super durable to stand up to the wear and tear its’ going to see!