This post is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Although this post is sponsored all the opinions are my own.
I had a few old salvaged balusters that were laying around for a while. I decided to use them with some of the left over lumber I had to build a console table.
As you can see the balusters are oak and have a gorgeous aged patina on them. The top, bases and stretcher are hickory and hard pine. I wanted them to match the look of the old balusters. Normally this would be a time I would start with mixing different wood stains and toners, but some hardwoods can be difficult to stain. Hickory is one of those. Hickory is a very dense hardwood which is great to protect against wear and tear, but not when you’re trying to add color to it. This is where milk paint comes in extremely handy.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint is a safe, non-toxic, all natural paint that is water/casein based. It can be mixed in a 1:1 ratio for painting or like I used here, diluted to use as a stain. When mixing milk paint to use as a stain start with mixing small amounts. A good ratio for most darker colors is one part paint to three parts distilled water. We live in St. Louis, now our tap water isn’t horrible but it is treated. I always stick to using distilled water mixing or thinning any paints.
To mimic the patina of the oak balusters, I used OFMP in Pitch Black around the edges.
You can see I wasn’t concerned about neat lines.
I wanted the dark edges to stand out and needed to make sure that when I started adding color I wasn’t covering the Pitch Black. To avoid this I used Daddy Van’s orange wax lightly rubbed over the edges after they were dry.
Daddy Van’s is a solvent free natural wax with orange oil that smells amazing and is incredibly easy to use. It’s safe to use indoors as it has no harsh fumes. I will warn you, they make a lavender wax as well. Don’t use that one if you haven’t had a nap recently, the smell alone is enough to make me sleepy. I love them both!!!
The wax will be your barrier, to prevent the next layers of milk paint from adhering too much.
I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Driftwood next, also mixed like a stain. I did two coats and sanded lightly in between with 400 wet/dry sand paper.
Next I did a coat of Driftwood mixed with a small amount of Pitch Black.
Then I mixed a very diluted wash of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Light Cream. This mix was very diluted, almost a 1:6 ratio of paint to water.
I quickly painted the wash on and wiped off in spots especially around the edges.
After it was dry and sanded lightly again with 400, I put a generous coat of Daddy Van’s Orange Oil Wax over the entire table.
You can see right away how it brings out all the different layers of color and still lets the wood shine through.
Since Daddy Van’s has no solvents and is all natural, it does take a little longer to dry/cure than other waxes. I let this set for a full day before coming back with a lint free rag and lightly buffing to a low shine.
There it is, all finished!