Driftwood Gray Side Table

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be painting a side table for my mom.  Now that I’ve had a small break between film shoots, it’s finally done!

The color is Driftwood by General Finish’s milk paint line.  It’s a nice versatile mid-tone gray that comes more from the blue family rather than brown-grays.

This is my first time trying out General Finishes milk paint, and I’m really enjoying it. You can paint straight out of the can just as you would oil-based or latex paints, so getting to skip the mixing and measuring of the paint that had to happen for Miss Mustard Seed’s is a huge benefit for me. However, I’ve also noticed after trying several colors now of GF that unless you are using an antiquing wax as a finish versus hemp seed oil, the color will remain the same as it was out of the can; quite different from the transformation and amount of play you have with MMS.

GF dried as fast as MMS (about 30-60 minutes between coats), the furniture still didn’t require prep work, takes the standard 2 coats for full coverage, and was just as great with hiding paintbrush strokes.

If you like an exact color offered by General Finishes milk paint, then go for it. If you want to have something in a bit of a different shade than what they offer, the beauty of GF paints is that they are all mixable. For example, mix Lamp Black with their Lime Green and get a dark forest green. Or Lime Green with Coastal Blue with a “dash” of Lamp Black, and you get a pretty Shamrock green.  

Overall I think having MMS and GF as choices is the best of both worlds and I’ll likely be continuing to use each of them.

Any of you have specific preferences?

Note: If you’d like to buy General Finishes milk paint, you can find your local retailer who stocks it by using GF’s location search.



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