refinishing kitchen cabinets white

refinishing kitchen cabinets white

- well, now we're goingto apply the finish to the toy chest, and i'vegot my lovely wife, nicole, here with me. - hello. - she's actually going to do the painting. the thing is she wants it painted. i tend to not likepainted pieces, so i said, "look, you want it painted, lady. "you're doing it yourself."

- i will do it myself. - and that's why she's here. all right, and what we're going to use is a product called milk paint. now, true milk paintis really interesting. it actually predateshistory, recorded history. this is stuff that wasused back in ancient times because it's a very basic formulation made with milk protein, lime,

and then pigments added for color. all right, so it's actuallya pretty durable finish, but we will be adding anadditional water-based acrylic on top of it for extra protection because it's going to be around a toddler. - yes. - so just in case. - he does like milk. - he does enjoy milk (nicole laughs).

he might start trying toliquefy this stuff and drink it. we'll catch them over there just going (nicole laughs) ble, ble, ble, licking it, so, yeah, protect it. it's usually not very water-resistant, so some of water-basedpolyurethane is a good choice. all right, so we're going to mix it up. i'm actually getting the heck out of here. this is all you now.

- it's me, let's go. - have a good time. - [husband] milk paint comesin all kinds of colors, and you can mix them to your liking. we're using one scoop of whitewith one scoop of pumpkin, the color my son picked out. mix the colors thoroughly, and then add an equal amount of water, andwarm water seems to work best. add about three-quarters of the water,

and mix to a consistent paste. then, add the remaining water to get a nice paint-able consistency. yes, a round bowl (laughs) would have been much easier to work with. the great thing about milk paint is that you can dilute it as far as you want, anywhere from a light stain effect to a heavy thick coat of paint.

we decide to add in aproduct called extra bond, which should help the first coat bind better to the birchplywood in our toy chest. one scoop will do. now, next for a fewminutes, and be patient. once mixed thoroughly, let the paint sit for about 10 minutes. we're going for a bit of a rustic look, so inexpensive chip brushes do the trick,

and we don't feel the need to be too careful abouthiding brush marks. if you're new to milk paint,start on the bottom of the case so that you can get to know the product. as the paint dries, it should take on a dull, chalky appearance. we're painting the entirecase, inside and out. after a few hours, thefirst coat can be sanded. now, no one likes sanding,but nicole's a champ,

and she doesn't mindgetting her hands dirty. vacuum the dust with asoft brush attachment, and then mix up another batch of paint. two things are different this time. we no longer need the extra bond product, and we're leaving out the white color. we didn't really like the color as much as we thought we would, which is something thatcan definitely happen

with milk paint. you'll find the second coat goes on much easier than the first. after an overnight dry time, we get some acrylicwater-based poly ready. we don't want much of a shine,so satin will do nicely. coat the entire project thoroughly with a decent synthetic bristle brush. keep in mind is the firstcoat will look like crap.

don't fret. (laughs) once the first coat dries,give it a light sanding with 320 grit, and then proceed with the second and final coat. the second coat looks muchmore even and consistent, but since we're dealing with milk paint, don't expect perfection. this is a much more earthyproduct than most are used to.

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