So we moved into our home New Years Eve day. It has a fireplace and since I bought it I have been wanting to whitewash it.
The room has beautiful built-in shelves with squared off molding and the fireplace itself has a mantel and more molding surrounding it. The previous owner did not use it, but prior to her the owners did, leaving the brick with black spots. After months of other renovations and updates, it was time.
I reached out to my fellow CT Blogger and store owner Jayne at Chalk Merchantile in Old Saybrook. She directed me to a wonderful tutorial that outlined how to do it. And really… there was not that much to learn! The woman from Restore Stuff in the video posted gave me every confidence I could do it as well as Jayne! 🙂 You can also check out the Chalk site for workshops on painting and all things creative at the above link.
So I picked up some Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint at Chalk Mercantile. Jayne had a ton of shades and we picked out the perfect shade of white. I used Farmhouse White. The paint itself is non GMO, environmentally friendly and comes as a powder. I actually prefer the powder! So much less messy and you control the amount easier. The paint is equal part powder and equal part water.
First thing that is a must is to do the all mighty prep. It is what I loathe the most when painting! Make sure the surface is clean and dry. I used a tape that had the plastic already on it which was a big time saver. So much easier and I highly recommend getting it if you paint anything. Kept the stone and my floor free from paint.
After that I started from the top and worked my way down using left and right swipes with the paint. It is important to stay in the same direction so you don’t have paint marks going in all directions when it dries. You will see very quickly the paint will get absorbed a bit and separate. But that is the whitewash look magic! If you want a more solid look than rustic, paint an additional coat. I only did one coat and liked the distressed look that emerged.
I am hoping to use this paint again on furniture or a piece of decor once inspiration hits again. For now, I will be enjoying the furniture getting delivered this week to finish off the room. The room has a whole new feel and I feel the brick looks much more cohesive with the white molding and shelves.
Has anyone used Milk Paint or whitewashed brick or furniture before? Please share!