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Distressing with Milk Paints and Glaze Effects

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Apply Glaze Effects over Milk Paints or any of the other Waterbase products to achieve a distressed look. Choose furniture with some character such as raised panel doors or decorative molding – most pine pieces will work well.  This is a great kitchen cabinet finish as well.

Begin with two coats of Milk Paint painted on for base coat. Let dry for 2-4 hours and buff between coats with #400 grit paper or a super fine sanding pad.  You have the option of painting a second color over the first, and sanding through to allow the first color to show through (color washing), or simply sanding though to the wood below.

Using coarse #100-#120 grit paper, sand all edges of raised panels, doors, drawers and corners of cabinet all the way through to bare wood. Sand heavily if you want a very rustic looking piece.

Liberally apply Glaze Effects (really get the surface wet) with foam brush or Handipainter pad over entire area. Wipe off excess with a lint free cloth to achieve desired look. The glaze will color your sanded areas and give the painted sections an aged look. Let dry 2-4 hours. Apply PolyAcrylic, or High Performance Topcoats for additional durability or increased sheen.

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