Raise your hand if you ever re-purposed a piece of thrift store, hand-me-down, or Craigslist furniture in college by slapping on a new coat of paint, hiding its humble origins, to make it look shiny and new. Pretty much everyone? That's what we thought.
For decades, the "shabby chic" crowd has elevated that pastime to an art form, bringing castoffs back to life with a finely crafted "antiqued" look, and they've had one major, time-saving secret weapon: milk paint.
Milk paint is perishable mixture of milk, lime, and pigment that forms a perishable water-based paint, used for thousands of years by furniture makers and homemakers — and more recently by the green design and green building communities. Because homemade milk paint needs to be refrigerated, like this DIY milk paint recipe from Martha Stewart, it can be difficult to work with and often spoils.
In the age of Pinterest, however; many commercial milk paints are now available, both in liquid and in powdered form, making milk paint more accessible to the masses — but can still be a little tricky to work with, especially if you're looking to use it for a more modern look.
Learn more about how to use this material for your DIY projects at the free Milk Paint Demo hosted by Maureen Bane of Signature Finishes tonight at Crompton Collective in Worcester (138 Green Street, Worcester 01604). Bane will use use the milk paint line created by Gettysburg, Pennsylvania blogger Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed (together with Homestead House Paint Company), and will also have product available for sale.
RSVP for the FREE milk paint workshop on Facebook (space is limited).
Snow and yuck keeping you from scooting out to Worcester tonight? Check out this video tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed to get started, or grab a copy of her DIY decorating book, Inspired You.
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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
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