The cupboard will be painted with milk paint ( http://www.milkpaint.com ). I’m using two colors, mustard and barn-red. The paint comes powdered, mix it with water to get a nice paint like consistency. Keep stirring until the powder is well dispersed. Let the mix stand for about 10 or 15 minutes then strain it to remove the lumps.
Milk paint doesn’t have a lot of body especially the light colors. It acts more like a wash coat. So for the mustard I’m going to need to apply three coats. Being water based it will raise the grain so I did a quick wet sanding to the pieces before painting. To apply the paint use a foam brush or a chip brush. Expensive brushes aren’t needed for milk paint, it won’t make it go on any better. After each coat has dried it should be sanded back to level the paint, remove any hairs that came out of the brush and remove the funny bubble marks. I used a fine grit sanding sponge. This makes a lot of “dust” so have some rags handy or maybe the vacuum cleaner and brush attachment.
And don’t panic about the color yet…
To get the final color and protect the paint from water (milk paint is durable but will spot easily) it is necessary to apply linseed oil (BLO). This brings the paint to its final color and helps seal it against water stains. After the oil soaks in you can apply a top coat of wax, shellac or varnish. I chose to apply wax.
Once I got the door re-installed it is back to not fitting the opening. However this time it is just a hair too wide. Since the milk paint is water based, it swelled the wood just a little more than the thickness of a dime! Dang it! But I’m not going to do anything about the fit for at least a week. My bet is that the wood will go back and the door will fit again. If after a week it won’t fit then I’ll take it off and re-plane the door.
All that is left is to make the knob and latch.
-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.