It’s officially Fall! Foliage changes, cooler weather, pumpkin lattes, what more could anyone want? We took a cue from all the warmer and weathered colours of fall and decided to give a decorative table a weathered fall look using one of the new Fusion Milk Paint colours, Aperol Spritz. Even though this colour is named after a summery drink, the depth and warmth of this colour make it perfect for dressing up your home in Autumn.
Below is a list of supplies you’ll need to complete a similar project.
- Fusion TSP Alternative + Wiping Cloths
- Fusion Milk Paint Aperol Spritz
- Fusion Ageing Wax + Wax Brush
- 180 grit scuff pads/paper
- Staalmeester Round Brush
- Buffing Cloths
- Cup/Bowl for Mixing Milk Paint
- Handheld blender/whisk for mixing milk paint
The first thing we did to prep this table was give it a good cleaning. We mixed a 4:1 ratio of water to Fusion’s TSP Alternative in a spray bottle for an easy application. We love using this method to degrease and clean away dust and residue. We just spray and wipe using wiping cloths!
Next, we wanted to lightly scuff sand the surface to give us more adhesion. We wanted a rustic and chippy look to this piece so we used a 180 grit scuff sponge to knock down any flaky finish. Afterwards just used a damp cloth to wipe away the dust.
While you’re prepping, you can mix up your milk paint ahead of time. Top Tip! let ours sit at least 15 minutes to dissolve the pigments, so making your milk paint ahead of time will help to get a smooth consistent mix.
For this project a mix of 1:1 ratio of Fusion Milk Paint Aperol Spritz to water and mixed using a hand held blender. The texture and colour looks almost like creamy, summery milkshake.
MILK PAINT MAGIC
After your milk paint has had some time to set up, you want to give it one more light stir before dipping your brush in. Some pigments may have settle to the bottom, so mixing prior to painting will give you better coverage. The first coat of this colour was absolutely stunning.
The first coat can appear very translucent. Sometimes this can happen depending on how thick you mix your milk paint and other times it’s the nature of the colour. Just trust the process.
Ageing your milk paint finish
After a second and third coat, the coverage was great and we noticed some crackling and crazing this is an indication to where the milk paint would start to chip.
A sanding sponge was used lightly all over the entire piece to remove the chipping paint, as well as knock down any pigment and smooth out the surface for a buttery finish.
Sealing Milk Paint
The next step really kicked this colour and finish up notch. We used Fusion Mineral Paint Ageing wax to highlight the ornate details and give us an authentically aged finish while providing some protection and instant patina!
See this video on how to apply wax to Milk Paint by Fusion
Just apply with a wax brush, let sit for a few minutes and wipe away using a lint free cloth. Make sure to leave some wax in the cracks and crevices to really highlight your details.
an authentic finish
We have said it before, and we’ll say it again! Milk paint is the only paint that can give you a truly weathered and authentically aged finish. No other type of paint can replicate the ageing, the crackling or the chippy. It is milk paint magic.
Our makeover result is no less than a truly unique and beautiful fall finish. Perfectly weathered, perfectly aged and tons of character!
Aperol Spritz is definitely a colour you can pull into your home year round. Milk paint gives you plenty of options when it comes to picking the perfect finish for your piece whether its sleek and modern or rustic and chippy.
Have you tried this wonderfully bright and rich colour yet? Pair it with some vintage brass, tapered candlesticks and your favourite autumn foliage for the perfect fall look!