Whether you’re using their (justifiably) famed paints or not, these versatile and tough-as-nails Finishing Creams from the Real Milk Paint Co. will give any project, whether it has a painted or natural wood finish, a long-lasting protective, washable topcoat. These go on easily, won’t affect the underlying color, and are ideal for surfaces new or old, particularly in high-contact areas like kitchens and bathrooms—think counters, tabletops, windowsills, even walls and trim. Odorless, water-based, and completely VOC-free, they can be also be used between layers of paint as a barrier layer. Apply with a brush, rag, or sponge; cleanup is a snap with just soap and water. Best of all, your newly sealed surface will be ready to wash and use in only 24 hours. The Gloss finish cream will bring a real shine to your finish, while the Low Sheen adds just a hint of luster. Eco-friendly and incredibly versatile, it’s easy to recommend.
A well-done crackle finish is the perfect way to dress up a flea-market find (or, better yet, a curbside find) and bring a new layer of personality to a piece that might need a little character boost. While we’ve seen plenty of homebrew attempts at this finish, most of them tend to look cheap and obvious; put simply, they lack the genuine appearance of an old paint job. Natural Crackle Paint Finish is astonishing to see in action. A natural, non-toxic, biodegradable gelatin, it dries to a clear satin finish and goes on easily with a roller or brush. Apply two coats of a base color—this is what will show through the cracks—then two coats of Crackle, then two coats of your top color. Let it dry and you’ve got an instant antique. Comes in a 16 oz. bottle and lasts up to two years; freeze and it’ll last ages.You May Also Like