One of the fabulous things about milk paint is that you can mix up the powders to create custom colors. It isn’t an exact science but if you have some knowledge of color mixing, tints, and shades then you can play around with existing milk paint powders to create beautiful new colors.
Recently, I painted a highchair for my niece and I came up with a custom color I’m calling Eucalyptus.
This lovely shade of green was made from a mix of Boxwood and Ironstone Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. The muted green blue is strikingly similar to the leaves of Eucalyptus.
I bought the highchair used and had always planned on painting it.
I never really loved the red toned wood and with the addition of quite a few more dings and scratches it needed some help before I felt comfortable passing it down to my sweet new niece.
So here’s what I came up with.
1/2 cup Boxwood Milk Paint powder
+ 1/6 cup Ironstone Milk Paint powder
I originally mixed 1/3 cup Boxwood with 1/6 cup Ironstone. I wanted it to be a bit greener so I added an additional 1/6 cup of Boxwood.
Needless to say, I liked what I saw!
Now the yucky scratched up arms look much better!
Since a highchair needs to be able to take some abuse AND needs to be safe for little hands and mouths, I sealed it with two coats of Toy Maker’s Finish which is completely non-toxic when cured.
The pretty oil rubbed finish was the icing on the cake.
That and the fact that I now have a new favorite milk paint mash up!
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