As I said in my last post, I’ve heard that MMS Milk Paint can be used on metal. And, while I had no reason to think it wasn’t true, I will admit that I had some difficulty imagining how that would work. About two years ago I bought a bunch of “metal things” out of someone’s yard for $5 each with a plan to experiment on them – but I just felt like it was going to be…difficult or…something…and I never got around to working on them.
Here is where they ended up…
How’s that for a before picture?
Now, after I painted the antique handsaw (because it jumped off the barn wall at me), I was so impressed with how the milk paint behaved that I was encouraged to dig this rolling cart out of my barn and finally do something with it. The surface of the saw had a pretty rough texture and so it wasn’t so surprising that the paint adhered to the surface – even without any bonding agent. I knew that the rolling cart was much shinier – and I assumed that it might do more chipping or even peeling.
That was not the case.
I want to go and paint ALL the metal things now.
I wish I could go on and explain to you the “science” of how this works. I know that when you put milk paint on raw or unfinished or freshly sanded wood, it does not chip because it soaks into the grain – almost like a stain would. On the metal – the explanation is clearly different – but I don’t quite understand it.
Here is the extent of the chipping (no bonding agent) on this fairly shiny metal rolling cart.
That’s it. And that only happened because the paint was kind of clumped up there and I knocked it off when I went in to do some distressing with my sanding sponge. I used a 220 sanding sponge to smooth down the entire surface and to expose a little bit of the dark metal underneath along the edges.
I haven’t put any top coat on this yet. I like it just fine the way it is – but in the interest of experimentation, I might go back and try out waxing or oiling it in different places.
I used two coats of MMSMP Ironstone to cover this dark grey metal. If I wanted it to look “brand new” I would have used a third coat of paint. I decided to stop at two because I was (personally) happy with the coverage at that point.
I absolutely LOVE the way it came out. I also built that wood work surface to enlarge the top and make it a bit more useful. It’s really a great little movable kitchen island now. I’ll show you how I built (and painted) that in another post.
The wood work surface came out pretty great too! And it was so simple to make.
I also have at least one more (okay, actually TWO) metal projects that I want to share with you…but I have furniture makeovers too.
I’ve been busy!
Okay! Question time!
I want to hear from you if you’ve painted any metal things with MMS Milk Paint.
If you have a metal something that you think you might LIKE to paint.