The other day, Jed shared how we built the Little Man’s Classic Toolbox.
When finishing the toolbox, I wanted to try something new, milk paint. Milk paint is all-natural, environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs. With the crazy weather we have been having, I have needed to paint indoors, so no VOCs was important. Did you know Michelangelo used milk paint when painting the Sistine Chapel? I figure, if it’s good enough for Michelangelo, it’s good enough for the Little Man :o)
- Paint (General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint)
- Glaze (General Finishes Winter White Glaze)
- Paint Brush
- Foam Brush
- Poly (optional)
- Wood Filler
- Absorbent towel/cloth
Finishing the Toolbox
1. Fill in the Holes
- Fill in the pocket holes with wood filler. Since I am painting the toolbox, I used DAP Plastic Wood.
- Sand the toolbox so the seems line up clean. Also sand to smooth out the surfaces where the wood filler was used. I used an orbital sander with 150 grit sand paper. For the inside of the toolbox, the orbital sander didn’t fit, so I used a 120 grit sanding block. At this point the grit of sandpaper can be somewhat flexible (I used what I had), but use a medium to fine grit.
- If I were using latex paint, I would add a coat of primer, but since I am using the milk paint, I skipped this step. General Finishes Milk Paint already contains a binding agent, so primer was not necessary.
- I applied 2 coats of milk paint to the toolbox.
- Once the paint has dried, apply the glaze. I used General Finishes Winter White Glaze for this project.
- After applying a coat to the inside, I felt that the effects of the glaze were more than I wanted (it was a lighter gray than intended). I wiped most of the glaze off with a wet cloth. Then, applied a quick, thin coat of poly. This just created a barrier between the paint and the glaze to lessen the effect of the glaze. Once the poly was dried, I applied a new coat of glaze.
- Using a foam brush, apply a thin coat of glaze in the direction of the grain.
- Once the glaze is applied, quickly wipe the glaze off. Remove the glaze in the direction of the grain. If you remove in circles, it will leave a visible pattern and therefore making the effects of the glaze look less natural. I used an old cotton t-shirt, however General Finishes recommends shop towels.
- Let the paint sit for about 24 hours before distressing. This will help the paint not peal when sanding.
- I used the orbital sander with extra-fine 320 grit paper on the outside and a 220 grit sanding block on the inside.