A Natural Alternative to Spray Paint for Outdoor DIY Projects

A Natural Alternative to Spray Paint for Outdoor Projects | Outdoor Furniture DIY | Porch and Patio Decorating Ideas | Real Milk Paint Co. Outdoor AdditiveNo more turquoise and hot pink grass in my yard!

I usually spray-paint my exterior furniture and decorations to freshen them up every spring. It’s easy and holds up pretty well, but I often forget to put down a drop cloth so I make a colorful mess of my lawn … and breathe all those icky aerosol fumes.

Not anymore!

Real Milk Paint Company—the eco-friendly line of milk paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia—has an all-natural alternative to spray paint for outdoor projects.

Outdoor Additive is a non-toxic powder you can add to any color of Real Milk Paint to protect against damaging ultraviolet light, mold and bacteria. Instead of peeling off after a few months outside like spray-paint does, the milk paint will gently wear away over time. (And then you will have an awesome vintage look!)

Outdoor Additive is an all-natural borate compound similar to borax laundry soap, but milled so finely it can dissolve into paint and keep a smooth finish. It works nicely on exterior porous surfaces like wood, concrete, brick and stucco, but should not be used over existing paint.

Lucky for me, these chairs I found at The Dump near my in-laws’ home last summer were already stripped to bare wood. (And they were FREE!)

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You can read all about this Treasure Hunter’s Paradise here.

I mixed up a batch of Real Milk Paint’s bright happy color called Flag Red, added some Outdoor Additive and transformed the chairs into Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs.

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We created a Pin-able Measuring Guide to help you remember the correct ratios of Real Milk Paint to Outdoor Additive for your next project.

I used 1 Cup of paint with 1 tablespoon of Outdoor Additive on the chairs.

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The seats on my chairs were long gone, which made them perfect for planters. However, the holes in the seats were too large to hold a flower pot. Once the paint dried, I needed to build out the seats to make the planters. There are a few different ways you can do this.

I went the quick and easy route.

I bought a package of wooden stakes at the hardware store. They are basically 1×2 boards cut down.

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They were still a bit long for the width of my chairs. I just cut off the pointy ends, flipped the chairs upside-down and screwed the 1×2’s across the top and bottom of the seats like this …

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Now I had a perfect space for a flower pot. I just jammed the flower pot in there and the stakes I added hold it securely. We’ve had a few good rainstorms since I made the Planter Chairs and the flower pots didn’t budge.

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Now all I have to do is remember to water them!

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia–about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We offer an eclectic selection of handpainted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Real Milk Paint Company’s awesome and all-natural products. We also offer painting classes and workshops. Here’s the link with information about our Introduction to Real Milk Paint class.

And here is the latest project from Cathy and Dave. They used Real Milk Paint’s off-white color called Parchment on this hutch. They also added new hardware and replaced the backing with rustic boards for a Modern Farmhouse look. Available for sale at All Things New Again, Leesburg, VA.
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This post is linking up with:

Waste Not Wednesday No. 56

Check out all of the awesome projects!

Trash to Treasure Blog Hop | DIY Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs

The All Things New Again Blog is excited to be participating in the Trash to Treasure Blog Hop: Outdoor Edition.

Check out the links at the end of the post to other participating bloggers and their awesome outdoor projects!

Here’s the story behind my DIY Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs.

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You know it is going to be a good visit when you get out of the car after a 9-hour road trip and your in-laws say: You’re here! Let’s go to The Dump!

The Transfer Station in their Massachusetts town isn’t any ordinary dump.

It is the most amazing FREE treasure hunting spot I’ve ever seen!

In addition to drop-offs for trash and recyclables, there is a Swap Area where people may leave unwanted-but-still-useful items for other people to find and take home.

Over the years, the Swap Area became so popular that volunteers set up tents and organized the items into different sections. Now they sign up for shifts to resolve disputes and keep traffic flowing throughout the day.

It is like a giant outdoor thrift store. And everything is FREE!

The Swap Area is so well-organized, they even have rules.

And did you see all of that awesome furniture in the background? They had some really nice things!

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of room in our car to take any of it back home to Virginia … but you know I wasn’t leaving a place as amazing as this empty-handed.

I found two little chairs I could squeeze into the back seat …

… and a tag on them revealing that a Mr. White paid $25 to have them stripped—back in 1997.

So what happened to the chairs during the 20 years between being stripped and ending up at the Swap Area?

That’s a mystery, but Mr. White saved me a lot of work! These babies were ready to paint!

Because the seats were missing and the chairs were not super-sturdy enough for sitting on anyway, I decided to turn them into DIY Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs—perfect for the Trash to Treasure Blog Hop: Outdoor Edition!

I used Real Milk Paint, the all-natural line of milk paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

The color is called Flag Red and I love it. I used it on my very first milk paint project a few years ago.

This time I also added a product called Outdoor Additive to the paint to help protect the chairs from harmful UV damage, mold and bacteria.

Spray paint is usually my go-to paint for outdoor projects, but Real Milk Paint’s Outdoor Additive gives you a durable, all-natural alternative without the aerosol cans and harmful fumes.

There are a few different ways you can build out the seats to make your own DIY Outdoor Garden Planter Chairs. I’ll share a tutorial on how I did mine next week.

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And please check out all of the awesome Trash to Treasure: Outdoor Edition projects from these awesome blogs:

Kimm at Reinvented

Kim at Hunt and Host

Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled

Pili at My Sweet Things

Randi at Dukes and Duchesses

Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods

Courtney at All Things New Again

Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea

Tonya at Hey There Delyla

Denise at My Thrifty House

Wendi at H2O Bungalow

Jeanette at Country Design Style

Sam at Raggedy Bits

Thank you for visiting the All Things New Again Blog today!

And thank you Veronica and John for taking me to The Dump!

I can’t wait to go back the next time we are up your way.

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique located in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We offer our own eclectic brand of hand painted  furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project (including awesome, all-natural Real Milk Paint!) and fun painting classes and workshops.

Please stop by the next time you are in town!

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This post is linking up with:

Friday’s Furniture Fix #79

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Add a Pop of Patina and Protect Your Perfect Paint Project with New Soft Wax from Real Milk Paint Co.

My Mom and I don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything.

For example, she loves black jelly beans. I think they are disgusting.

I think this cool vintage hutch our Awesome Delivery Crew picked up a few weekends ago should be painted white. She’s leaning towards red.

There are, however, two things we both absolutely, 100% totally agree on:

  1. We always like to try out new products before offering them for sale at All Things New Again.
  2. Real Milk Paint Company’s new soft waxes ROCK!

Real Milk Paint Company is the environmentally-friendly, non-toxic line of milk paint we carry at All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia. They are always coming out with cool new products like Chippy Paste and these new Soft Waxes, which come in five colors: Clear, Ebony, Dark Brown, Gray and White.

What Mom and I like best about Real Milk Paint’s Soft Waxes is that they are not stinky. At all.

And they go on smooooooooth like buttah!

The Soft Waxes are made mostly from bee’s wax with a bit of carnauba wax, a natural product derived from a special type of palm tree that grows in Brazil.

The waxes provide a matte sheen, but dry hard to protect your wonderful paint job and give your work that fine-furniture “feel” that you just don’t get with hardware store latex paints. The colored waxes pull double-duty by adding a nice patina to your work while they protect it.

Here is the Gray Wax applied in the carving of an elegant side table my Mom painted recently. The contrasting color of the wax accentuates the details and is an easy way to add another layer of dimension and visual interest to your painted pieces.

Soft Wax is super-easy to use. Just apply with a brush or a rag and then buff off the excess with a clean cloth.

I repeated the process a few times to build up layers of color on this project. I used the new Gray Wax over Real Milk Paint’s black color called Arabian Nights to give it a soft whitewashed look and enhance the vintage character of the table.

Here’s my Mom’s table …

And here’s mine …

Both tables and a large selection of Real Milk Paint Co. products are available for sale at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, VA.

Real Milk Paint’s Soft Wax is a great tool to have in your painter’s bag of tricks.

Mom and I agree that you should give it a try! 🙂

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. Please stop by and see us the next time you are in town! We offer hand painted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Real Milk Paint Company non-toxic, easy-to-use products. All Things New Again also offers painting classes and workshops, including an Introduction to Real Milk Paint class that covers mixing milk paint, prepping your piece, creating several different looks and sealing your project. Here’s the link with details on our class.

All Things New Again is the home of Saturday Morning Paint Workshops. We offer a new project every month or so on several dates so you can choose the time that works best for your schedule. Our NEW Flower Power Workshop starts this weekend and runs every Saturday until the end of May. No painting experience needed. You choose the colors for your flower and try out several products and techniques to make it beautiful. Invite your friends! Our workshops are fun … and everyone goes home with a one-of-a-kind project that YOU made. Here’s the link to sign up.

Deep Sapphire: A Gorgeous Jewel-Toned Blue from Real Milk Paint Co.

We always say our favorite color is whatever we are painting with at the moment.

This week it is Deep Sapphire, a jewel-toned blue from Real Milk Paint Company, the non-toxic, eco-friendly line of milk paint we carry at our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

Look at how gorgeous Deep Sapphire is on this little table and chair set my Mom painted recently.

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Milk paint comes in powder form and is mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio to transform it into paint. It’s easy. You just scoop the powder into your container, add the same amount of water and mix it up—just like making chocolate milk!

You can create wonderfully textured looks with milk paint (see our student projects below). Or you can add a product called UltraBond to your paint for a smooth, elegant finish like my Mom created here.

One of the cool things about milk paint is it creates slight variations of the same color across your painted surface. So my Mom’s chairs look blue in this photo, of course, but in person you can see a spectrum of dark blue sparkling across the chair, a beautiful look unique to milk paint.

I love this look.

And I love this color.

I love it so much that when I saw my Mom’s work-in-progress at her home one day, I knew it was the perfect color for MY latest paint project too. So I rooted around in her recycle bin for an empty peanut butter jar, washed it out really well and smuggled a big ol’ scoop of Deep Sapphire milk paint powder right out of her can when she wasn’t looking.

(Like all good Moms, she has eyes in the back of her head. Or else she thought I was being a little too quiet. She looked up from her painting to see what I was doing, but said I could take her paint anyway. Woo hoo! Thanks Mom!)

Here’s my project:

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Notice the blue is slightly different between my mom’s project and mine. We used different products to finish them.

My Mom used Real Milk Paint’s Warm Black Wax to deepen the blue color on her table and chairs–just a bit. I used Real Milk Paint’s Chestnut Brown Wax—and a whole lot of it—to give my piece a more rustic look. Both waxes contain zero VOC’s or other harmful chemicals and are easy to apply with a brush or rag. I brushed mine on and wiped away the excess with a rag, layering the wax a few times like this until I loved how it looked.

NOTE: You may see a layer of ooky looking skin on top of the wax when you open the can. No worries! This happens sometimes and is no big deal. Just pick it out of the can, throw it away and you are good to go.

Another difference in our two projects is how we finished the tops.

My Mom went the traditional route with a nice brown stain to accentuate the pretty grain on her tabletop.

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I used Unicorn Spit non-toxic rainbow gel stains to create a side-by-side pattern in a swirl of blues, gray and brown on my little drop-side cabinet.

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Both looks complement the Real Milk Paint nicely.

Then again, it is hard to go wrong when your base color is a gorgeous gem like Deep Sapphire.

<3 Courtney

P.S.–Both my Mom’s table and chair set and my little drop-side cabinet are available for sale at All Things New Again.

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour west of Washington, D.C. We offer hand painted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Real Milk Paint. We also offer painting classes and workshops. Check out these awesome tables our students painted in our Introduction to Real Milk Paint class last weekend. They did a great job!

student-tables_logostudent-tabletop-closeups-copyOur next Introduction to Real Milk Paint class is scheduled on Sunday, June 11. Please join us! We teach several techniques to get you started using this awesome paint. Then you choose your favorite colors and techniques to paint a table in class, take home and enjoy. Here’s the link with details. 

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We’re linking this post up with:

Friday’s Furniture Fix #69

Check out some of the best furniture makeovers on the internet!

My Favorite Piece of Furniture I Have Ever Painted. Ever!

This is my favorite piece of furniture I have ever painted. Ever!

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Here’s the runner-up!

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Yeah baby! And they are both for ME!

(I guess they are also for my husband and son and maybe our dog, Bella, because they, technically, live here too. But we all know they don’t go all gushy gaga over furniture like I do so … yeah…they’re for ME!)

This vintage buffet and matching china cabinet have been hanging around my house for way too long waiting to be painted. Their make-overs are finally complete thanks to Real Milk Paint, the non-toxic milk paint we carry at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

Here are the before shots:

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DSC_0013I prepped both pieces by giving them a good scrub-down and a light sanding. I didn’t go down to bare wood, but I sanded just enough to “rough them up” a bit so the Real Milk Paint would stick better.

Then I painted both pieces with a base coat of Real Milk Paint’s Navy Blue mixed with UltraBond, an adhesion promoter. With milk paint, you run the risk of the paint chipping when applied over previously finished surfaces. That chipping looks all vintage and cool on the right piece, but that wasn’t the look I was going for here. I didn’t want to see wood coming through the navy blue.

If you absolutely do not want chips, you can either strip your piece down to bare wood … or just add few scoops of UltraBond to the paint.

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I did not add UltraBond to the white. I didn’t need to help it adhere better since I was planning to distress-the-heck-out-of-it anyway. I kept the inside of the china cabinet navy blue to offset my white dishes.

Here you can see the smooth, elegant finish of the milk paint with Ultrabond added.

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After the white dried, I distressed with a baby wipe. Real Milk Paint has no harmful chemicals or fumes so you can work safely indoors during cold winter months. I worked right there in my dining room. However, I didn’t want the messy dust created by distressing with sandpaper. The baby wipe did the trick!

This technique, called wet distressing, is one of the techniques students practice in our Introduction to Real Milk Paint class coming up on February 26. See details below.

img_5751Here you can see the difference between the two awesomely chunky legs on this piece. The leg on the left is solid white. The leg on the right is distressed. I like how that little bit of color peeking out gives the piece more dimension versus plain white, especially on furniture with great details like these babies.

If you rub away too much color, just come back and paint over it. I went back and forth—distressing, painting over it, then distressing again—a few times until I loved how everything looked. Then I sealed everything with Real Milk Paint’s Low Sheen Finishing Cream, one of my favorite finishing products because it is easy to apply, provides a durable hard-coat finish and makes your furniture feel as good as it looks.

Here are a few more closeups of the distressing on the finished pieces.

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I usually try to make my furniture that I sell as flawless as possible, but on these pieces—for our home—I let it be. I figured this furniture lived a full life. There’s probably a story behind every ding. I decided to accentuate the imperfections instead and I’m really happy I did.

After all, I live here—with my husband, our son and Bella. Eventually, this furniture is going to get a few more scratches and dings. It always does, but that’s OK. We’ll have a story to tell.

And they will still be my favorite pieces of furniture I have ever painted. Ever!

<3 Courtney

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This post is linking up with Friday’s Furniture Fix #65.

Check out some of the best furniture makeovers on the Internet!

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.). Please join us on Sunday, February 26 for our Introduction to Real Milk Paint Class.
We take the mystery out of milk paint! Our class teaches you how to mix the paint, prep your piece and offers several finishing options. This is a hands-on class where students practice three painting techniques for creating different looks on their milk paint projects (including the distressed look I created here). Then you choose your favorite colors and techniques and paint a cute little table in class to take home and enjoy.
Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Please click here to sign up today!