Back when I revealed this vanity project I alluded to a super secret staining technique. I faithfully use this method and always get a gorgeous, even finish with super quick drying time.
There are lots of reasons why I dislike using traditional stains. The fumes give me a headache. If you don’t apply it correctly it can look splotchy. The drying time takes forevah.
Since I bought this piece already sanded I decided to take advantage of all the hard work the previous owner had done by staining the top of the vanity.
I love using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio as a stain. I mix 1 cup of water to one tablespoon of milk paint using the mason jar mixing method. The goal is to have a really watered down version of milk paint so that it is translucent when it’s brushed on. Similar to a stain.
See what I mean by watered down?
I just brushed the milk paint on the sanded down wood.
I brushed on a few coats of Hemp Oil to seal the curio.
I “stained” the top before I painted the body of the vanity just in case I got sloppy the curio milk paint it wouldn’t splatter onto the white Buttermilk paint.
After a few coats of hemp oil the top wasn’t glossy or had a hard enough finish, probably because the wood was so dry and porous. I decided to seal the top with Best Chalk Top Coat just to make sure the vanity could take some major use and abuse.
Once you use this staining technique you won’t ever go back to the old way! You can see the entire makeover of this vanity HERE. Also check out the technique I used on this DIY Table Runner. It’s the same method using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Trophy giving a Restoration Hardware finish.
If you try this technique I would love to see your project! Post them on my wall on my Facebook wall – it’s one of my favorite ways to share your projects!!