list our house for sale.
Had we stayed in the house longer, I fully intended on replacing the carpet with hardwoods and despite always using a drop cloth, there were a few paint drips (latex and milk paint) that got away from me. I thought I was doomed because no carpet cleaner would even begin to get the milk paint out!
|Table in General Finishes "Lamp Black"|
Don't let the name "Milk Paint" fool you because it's not a true milk paint, meaning it does not come in a powdered form that you mix with water. It's actually a superior latex-acrylic paint that goes on smoothly, lays flat after each coat, and is extremely durable. It's not as matte as Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint, but is easy to distress, layer, and get the same desired look. Also, If you're frustrated with not finding (or having to make) a true black, GF's "Lamp Black" is the best! It's my go-to black paint and I've painted many pieces with it. GF also has just added several new colors to the line that I can't wait to try! But, you want to know what one of the best things about GF's Milk Paint? The price! A quart of the Milk Paint runs around $25 at Woodcraft vs. almost $40/quart for any kind of chalk-based paint. They also sell pints for those smaller projects for around $16, which is much more cost-effective than the sample pots of chalk-based paints.
Also, if you're not a huge fan of using dark wax or haven't mastered the technique yet, try using General Finishes Glaze Effects, which is a perfect companion to the Milk Paint (but can be used over other paints). You can read more about the glaze and techniques HERE...
5) If you re-finish furniture, you're probably used to picking up the companion waxes wherever you purchase your paint and there is nothing wrong with that. I just purchased a can of Annie Sloan's Clear Wax and used them on my last furniture projects, but like the paint above, I wanted to share a more affordable option...
Howard's Citrus Shield Paste Wax is around $14/can vs. the $27/can for other brands. I pick mine up at Woodcraft (which is now farther from me since I've moved)! This is normally my go-to wax because not only is it less expensive, I find it easier to apply, blend, and buff. It also does not have the intense chemical smell that Annie Sloan's and Johnson's Paste Wax has. Over the years, I've developed sensitivity to a lot of the re-finishing products I've used and simply have to be choosy with products (and wear a mask). This wax is a healthier option for me.
6) Yes, paper towels are on the list of products I love! Blue shop towels to be precise... I have to admit that I sort of panic when I run out of these! These can be found at any home improvement store or even Walmart. I buy them in bulk at Costco and use them for everything from scrubbing down furniture projects to the waxing/buffing process. As I mentioned above, many pieces of furniture that I get a hold of are in need of a ton of cleaning! I hate to use rags and washcloths that need to be run through the laundry after they turn black with cleaning, so the disposable option works best for the very dirty jobs and these are tough enough to act like rags.
Blue shop towels are also strong enough to use for applying glazes, washes, and other faux finishing treatments and are great to use for applying and buffing furniture wax! They don't rip or leave behind any lint along the way and are less expensive option than purchasing rags.
7) Although the last product isn't technically a DIY product, I just had to share because it has helped tremendously! If you are into DIY, you'll notice many products can have harsh effects on your skin and hands, especially if you are painting and doing DIY projects frequently. I'm pretty good about using gloves when I'm stripping, staining, and using harsher products, but I don't like to paint or wax with gloves on. I need to be able to feel the finish and gloves restrict that, so my hands feel a bit beat up after projects (especially using wax).
Now I'm the sort of girl that will drop $40 on a can a paint or not hesitate to buy a great vintage piece for my home, but for some reason, spending money on expensive personal care products, designer bags, clothes, etc. just really isn't my thing... until I found Basin's Shea Scrubs. Basin has a large store in Downtown Disney, Orlando with tons of samples of this stuff... It only took three trips there to finally break down and spend the $30 on a tub (it's available online too) and I have no regrets!
I've had this since September and have used it regularly to help my hands and it's clearly going to last a while. You only need to wash with a very small amount to feel it working immediately! It works wonders on feet too :) If your hands feel awful after painting or DIY project, this is a good investment!
I hope some of these products can help you out in your home or with your DIY projects! Do you have any experience using any of these? What did you think and what are your favorite go-to products?