To help organize our Milk Paint orders and Workshop sign ups, I decided on a clipboard system within reach of our computer. But I didn’t want ordinary clipboards. I wanted to make my own boards so I went searching in our garage for scrap wood and found a long board that the hubby was nice enough to cut down for me. I then sanded the heck out of them, edges and all and got to work.
First, I wanted them to be a little bit darker and richer looking than they were so I stained them with Homestead House Paint Co. Milk Paint Stains. I combined Provincial Walnut and Quebec Maple to make a new color that was just right.
Just as you can with Milk Paint colors, you can also combine the Milk Paint stains together to create a new color that suits your project perfectly AND there’s NO VOCs. This is HUGE for people like me that live in the Midwest and have a narrow opportunity to stain in a “well ventilated area”. With Milk Paint Stain, I can FINALLY STAIN INDOORS!! This opens a whole new world of possibilities for refurbishing furniture during the winter months!!
I applied the stain, going with the grain of the wood:
Once the stain was dry, I wanted to hydrate the boards and seal the stain, so I applied a layer of 100% pure plant based, food grade, Hemp Oil.
And then to highlight the grain and protect the boards even further, I applied a nice coat of Antiquing Wax over each board.
*Note: you can wax over hemp oil, but you can’t hemp oil over wax.
It wasn’t a drastic difference, but it was just enough to obtain the look I was going for.
Because we are a DIY household and nothing gets thrown away around here, I had had a card catalog that was falling apart, but I was smart enough to keep the label holders! I then bought a couple of magnet clips from Office Max and screwed them into the top and center of each board.
I screwed in the card catalog label holders and created labels for each clipboard: “Orders” and “Workshops“.
You can really see the depth of the stain color here:
The entire project only took an afternoon and now we have gorgeous clipboards in our office area for organizing all of our orders!!
We’re really happy with how they turned out and we use them every day! Three cheers for natural stains, products and recycling!
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