|I found a new kind of milk paint from the Czech Republic.|
This will leave future repairs to (hopefully) the bits that just will need some wax.
|The first coat of milk paint is always scary.|
I watched all of Curtis' YouTube videos on the subject a couple times. The idea is to put a really nice undercoat of a color on, with two or three coats. Then, a couple coats of a thinned out black wash, followed by a thorough rubbing down with steel wool to bring up a nice sheen.
|The undercoats went on beautifully in the end. The black wash is started in this pic.|
Instead, as soon as I started with the steel wool, the black started to completely disintegrate. In fact, the green would have, too, if I hadn't had stopped.
I wound up just lightly going over the black with the steel wool, trying my best not to obliterate all of the paint that I had spent so much time putting on.
Once that was done, I added some of my special linseed oil followed by my home-made soft wax. Even though the finish isn't what I expected, I think it is kind of cool. Especially for a piece like this.
|The top shelf after rubbing down, oil and wax.|
I think mine came out more like a green with a bit of antiquing to it. I'll definitely have to experiment with this finish some more. I really liked this brand of milk paint, but perhaps using the same brand that Curtis uses will be a big help.
I used some long 60mm Roman nails to attach everything. Before I started, I made a test joint to see how big of a pilot hole I would need in order to avoid splitting the wood, being that it is now only 1/2" thick in those places and very close to the edges. I found out that the top board gets a 4mm pilot hole followed by a tapered pilot hole in the endgrain to be joined.
|4mm pilot holes.|
|Roman toe nails.|
|Funky workholding, but there were no problems.|
|The pilot holes even prevented splitting this close to the edges!|
|Tool rack on the wall.|
|Another artistic photo of my completed project.|
|A view of what looks like a shrine to Christopher Schwarz. You can see at least four (maybe five) of his projects in this shot.|