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The chippy look is one of the most popular finishes for milk paint, but it can sometimes be a bit tricky to accomplish. Here are some things to consider when trying to achieve this look:

  • The finish on which you are painting: is it sealed, shiny, or painted? If it is raw wood or porous, the milk paint will be absorbed and will not chip or flake. A resist, like the wax puck or hemp oil needs to be used.
  • Milk paint will “resist” surfaces in which it can’t be absorbed. This resisting will create chips and flakes. It is possible for the milk paint to flake away from the entire piece if the surface is too slick and doesn’t have any “tooth”. To achieve some “grip”, sand where you want adhesion or add the bonding agent on areas where more coverage is desired. It may take some trial and error, but milk paint is the only paint that will create an authentic, chippy finish, so it’s worth trying!

If you want the milk paint to resist certain areas, we recommend trying an advanced technique by using the hemp oil, wax pucks or, our favourite, the beeswax finish. Simply apply the beeswax in areas where chipping is desired. Apply the paint immediately over entire surface. The paint will separate where wax was applied. Don’t over work the paint on those areas. As paint dries, it will start to peel and flake, creating an authentic, chipped finish. Wipe or light sand loose paint and finish with any mms wax, hemp oil or tough coat.

To use the wax puck as a resist, apply one coat of milk paint and allow it to dry. Rub the wax puck over the edges, corners and “high points” of the piece. Anywhere the wax is applied will resist the paint, so make sure it is applied randomly and in places where paint would naturally wear over time. Apply a second coat of milk paint and allow it to dry completely. Distress surface with fine grit sand paper or damp cotton cloth to easily remove the paint where wax was applied. Revealing first coat underneath. Finish with furniture wax, hemp oil, white wax, antiquing wax or tough coat.

Super chippy pieces will need a coat of tough coat (a water based sealer). Do not use hemp oil on these finishes as the oil may cause it to continue chipping. If the piece chipped some, all of the loose paint has been removed and the rest is adhering well, the furniture wax, antiquing wax or white wax will provide a wonderful finish. The piece will not continue to chip unless exposed to intense sunlight or extreme heat.