I receive many questions on the type of paint and colors that I use on my pieces. I am creating a Paint Color Series to help. The first post of the series highlighted my projects completed in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Today I will show you all of the General Finishes Milk Paint projects and the colors used. I still have a lot more of their colors to try!
Paint Colors – General Finishes Milk Paint
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Hi Gayle, with the milk paint, you can apply directly onto your surface without primer (like chalk paint). I typically go over my pieces with a damp cloth to clean them and get off any goop, etc. (they are old pieces!). If the piece is highly lacquered, I quickly go over it with a 150 grit sandpaper for better adhesion. I hope this helps!
I love their paint and just finished a small table in Persimmon. Delicious enough to eat! Basil and Lamp Black are really classy, too. My next project will be Coastal Blue, I think. Haven’t done that, yet, but I have a table that’s just asking for it!
Oooh, Kathy I must say that Coastal Blue is one of my favorites! You are going to love it! I haven’t tried Persimmon yet – it is a little out of my comfort zone but I must give it a try. I have seen it on a few pieces now and it is very pretty. I plan on using all of their colors at least once!
I have only been doing this a few months, and started with Annie Sloan. But I heard only good things about GF and the stockist is close to me – so I went there bought some colors. I have to say – I LOVE it! I really do – and I love the finish because it still has a little sheen to it – not so flat. And I can’t wait to pick up their glazes as well. Still love AS – but this is becoming my favorite…. I haven’t distressed it yet….. How would you say it distresses?
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That’s a great question because they distress differently. The chalk paint just sands right off and is super easy. I use 220 grit for chalk paint and always sand back the whole piece to give it a smooth finish, then extra on the places I want distressed and then wax it all. However for GF milk paint, I use 150 grit and only sand back on the edges, etc. that I want distressed and then I seal it with their high performance top coat vs wax. Have fun playing around with it – it’s a great product! Thanks!
Thank you for getting back to me so fast! And that you for that info – makes a huge difference. I find that if I use 2 colors, and then I distress, I always distress back to the wood! My husband said I’m sanding too hard. I’m using a 220 grit for the chalk – Maybe I am heavy handed! lol
I actually use a super fine sanding block on the places where I want the other color to pop through. You can always apply a little vaseline or wax on those areas before applying your top coat – that always works.
And yes – I LOVE their top coat. Truth be told, I HATE waxing 😮 lol
Hello. Wondering what Navy color you painted that beautiful dresser with hepplewhite brass pulls? I’ve been looking for the perfect navy, and I think that might be it. Thanks so much! p.s. You do beautiful work!
Hi Cynthia, I used General Finishes Coastal Blue and did not distress it. Apply one coat and then lightly sand with 220 grit and then apply the second coat. You don’t have to sand in between but it creates a somewhat smoother finish. Thanks so much!
Can you use AS wax over the GF paint? Or do you recommend the CF top coat? BTW, I bought the Driftwood and put the first coat over my secretary last night. I LOVE the color! I’m so thankful I found your blog 🙂
Hi Patra – Yes, you can use AS wax over GF and it looks/feels great. Another option is GF water based high performance topcoat in the flat finish. They both will protect your piece well. I would veer towards the GF topcoat for table tops or other surfaces with high wear and tear. Don’t you just love Driftwood? My fave!