Usually I am one to jump right into a color decision and not look back. But my kitchen island seemed like such a color commitment I was having a hard time making a choice. It seemed so permanent. It’s current state is a pickled oak finish that tends to have a pink hue to it. And I have been staring at it for 2 years wishing I could make up my mind on what color I wanted to paint it.
Most of us could agree that we love the chippy and unpredictable properties that make working with Milk Paint so fun and give it an authentically worn look. But I needed more of a solid game plan.
I had narrowed it down to a Typewriter basecoat and Trophy topcoat with distressed edges revealing the dark Typewriter OR a Curio basecoat and a Trophy second layer. But I still couldn’t commit.
So i removed one of the cabinet doors and played with the paints on the back of the door. That way, once my cabinets were painted, only I would notice the inconsistent backside of the cabinet door.
I mixed up small batches of each color, using Bonding Agent in the basecoat colors of Typewriter and Curio.
I lightly sanded the surface.
And I painted half of the door in each color.
I then allowed it to dry overnight and painted the second coat in Trophy all over the cabinet door.
I was able to play around with different technique to find out which one I liked best for my kitchen island.
I painted some areas thicker to get a crackle effect and lightly sanded the edges.
And guess what? My fear of color commitment was cured. I was so excited I immediately painted the first coat of Typewriter on my island.
I can’t wait to show you the final result!