I've been dithering over the consistency of the lime slag and the ratio of lime to clabber. In this mix I also added a small amount of lemon essential oil to carry the pigment deeper into the wood. I studied more on titanium dioxide and why I like the look it imparts to many pigments. Most of all, I have realized that I have to use far more pigment than I first thought.
The first coat of milk paint is always rough. I'm sure many a person has run to the hardware store for latex paint after the the first coat, but hang in there! I wish I could get a more accurate picture of the color in this first coat. But no time to spare - I'm off for a light sanding and a second coat of paint. When the piece is finished I'll post a picture. It's looking very nice in spite of the first coat blues.