pew bench painted with a Chippy Layered Finish Patina
Steps // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture
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Dry-Brush Paint

 
Step One // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture

Dry-Brush Paint

sand and dry brush milk paint to create a chippy, layered finish patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Sand off any existing finish. Dry-brush on a coat of white milk paint. Let dry, then sand lightly. Wipe off dust with a rag.

 
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Add Second Paint Coat

 
Step Two // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture

Add Second Paint Coat

add a yellow layer of paint to create a chippy, layered finish patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

With a chip brush, add a coat of yellow milk paint and let dry. Sand again.

 
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Layer on Green Paint

 
Step Three // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture

Layer on Green Paint

add a green layer of paint to create a chippy, layered finish patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Use a rag to wipe away any dust residue, and apply green milk paint over the yellow coat.

 
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Scrape Off Chips

 
Step Four // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture

Scrape Off Chips

scrape and chip the layers of paint to create a chippy, layered finish patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

When the piece is dry, use a paint scraper to remove random "chips" of paint, allowing the previous colors to show through.

 
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Apply Finishing Wax

 
Step Five // How to Create a Chippy Layered Finish Patina on Furniture

Apply Finishing Wax

add a wax finish to create a chippy, layered finish patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

With a round wax brush, apply finishing wax in a circular motion, about 1 square foot at a time, wiping away any excess with a rag as you go.

Tip: While wax is used to finish indoor milk-paint projects, it won't stand up to the heat of the sun. If you plan to park your piece outside, finish it with hemp oil. Apply only what the surface will absorb; cure for 30 days before placing outdoors.

 

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