Sometimes in my class, confusion arises when we talk about hemp oil as a finish for milk paint and hemp oil as a resist for milk paint. It sounds contradictory, I know. At fivethirty home, we only use hemp oil as a finish for milk paint if there was no bonding agent added to the paint and if the piece was raw wood or very worn. It is better to seal pieces done using bonding agent with a wax or our new Tough Coat. Here’s a dresser we sealed with hemp oil:
Another tip: don’t over-saturate the piece with hemp oil because it will take a lot longer to dry and cure. I gave this piece about 2 weeks of curing time before I brought it to the store.
Now, using hemp oil as a resist! It’s fun – I always say this is where the creativity and the science meet! Hemp Oil forces the milk paint to chip and create that great weathered finish we love. We added a little more hemp oil to our handy table legs… we sprayed it this time and used a lint free cloth to even it out.
And gave it a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale
As it starts to dry, you’ll see the sections with a heavier coat of hemp oil start to dry a little differently
And here it is, the chippy goodness is happening!!
Here’s the finished product with a coat of Tough Coat
Be sure to read part one of this post if you haven’t already to learn even more uses for hemp oil!