I have had sewing baskets in the past and they never seem to be big enough. A neighbor is downsizing and she gave me this handmade box that was used to store miscellaneous items. Immediately I thought it would make the perfect sewing box.
It was also the opportunity I was looking for to try to mix my own milk paint. I started with just a green pigment and I was not happy with the color, pea soup green. For the second batch of paint I added equal parts Pewter Gray with the French Pale Green and liked the color.
Here is the recipe I mixed up for the milk paint:
4 parts powdered milk
1 part baking soda
1 part pigment (powdered)
6 parts warm water
* Mix dry ingredients and then add the water.
Be patient and let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to one day. It is very thin the first day (as you can see below) and perfect the second.
For this project I did four coats.
The paint lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge. It gets thicker as it “cures” in the fridge. I like it to sit 24-48 hours for good consistency.
- Best on bare wood
- If possible let it cure at least 24 hours
- Use a plastic storage container with lid (glad, zip lock) they are easy to store and clean
- Let paint dry between coats 12-24 hours if optimal for hardening
- After painting let it dry a couple days before adding a finishing wax or coating for best results
- No chemicals, made from all natural ingredients
- Smells like milk not chemicals
- Easy mix
- Easy to experiment with colors and paint over if you do not like the color you have
- Easy to sand and distress
- Easy clean up and storage
- Reuse storage containers and brushes
- Very inexpensive
Did I mention this was easy!