IN CASE YOU MISSED IT | creating a chippy finish

One of the reasons I love milk paint is because it can chip and flake in a way that makes a freshly painted finish look authentically old.  This chipping can be a bit random, though.

I’ve tested out a lot of different products and techniques to consistently force chipping to happen and, while I’ve achieved some great finishes, the consistent, authentic-looking chipping has been illusive.

Until now.


Last week, I had several of my milk paint retailers in the studio for some refresher training and we played with some products and techniques to see what we came up with.  On of the favorite teachniques was painting a coat of milk paint, followed by some 100% Beeswax Finish in select places, then another coat of paint, another coat of Beeswax Finish, and so on.  I think I did five coats altogether, using a heat gun to help dry time.  The result was a really chippy, crusty finish that looked a lot like an antique painted counter in my studio.


I sealed it with Tough Coat and then added a little Antiquing Wax to fill in the texture.

Now, that is a pretty specific finish that would have to be used on the right piece in just the right way, but I was excited about the potential and tried some other variations on a few more sample boards.

On Thursday, Kriste and I decided to test it out on a table.  It was already painted when we bought it, but I liked the tongue and groove top and the shape of the legs.


While I worked on the ticking stool slipcover, Kriste painted on a coat of Lucketts Green (without the Bonding Agent added.)


Once the first coat was dry, Kriste brushed some Beeswax Finish here and there on the table base.


The paint will chip wherever the wax is applied.


Kriste immediately applied a coat of Farmhouse White over the wet wax.

And we waited.


Sometimes watching paint dry is actually fun.


And why not eat lunch on the table you’re working on?


We both worked to sand the green paint off the edges of the table top.  I didn’t mind a few little remnants of paint hanging on, but I didn’t like the entire edge painted in the green.  We also lightly rubbed the painted surface with a fine sanding sponge to remove the loose paint.


Kriste finished the top and painted base with Hemp Oil and a little bit of Antiquing Wax on the areas where crackling occurred to bring that texture out.

We sighed and fawned over the finish, pointed out our favorite spots.

And here is the result…






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It has that look of a piece that has been painted a few times and each layer has been worn from the bumps and dings of family life as it was gathered around this table.


And the Hemp Oil brought back the warmth and patina of the wood top.


If the chippy look is not really your thing, just wait until I show how buttery smooth the finish is on the piece I painted for my mom’s bedroom makeover…

3 thoughts on “IN CASE YOU MISSED IT | creating a chippy finish

  1. Laurie Palmieri

    I absolutely love this! Great job! I was wondering…does the bees wax do the same thing to chalk paint? I am definitely going to try this technique! Thanks! Laurie

  2. Martha Floyd

    I just tried this and my paint seemed to bead up rather than chippy. My mix was one part to one part, should I have made it thicker? I love this look
    Martha Floyd


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