Milk Paint

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

> Styling and photos by the talented Joshua Neal at Hipster Perspective <

Hey friends! Last week I had the opportunity to redo an adorable bench for a client. She bought it at an antique/furniture store 10-15 years ago, which I thought was especially cool because I thought the whole make a bench from a headboard thing was new, but I guess it's not!

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

This photo was taken after I patched the top with paintable wood putty -- the top had some major indents and such from wear over the years.

I sanded it smooth, sealed the wood with shellac (because the seat of the bench was mahogany and I wanted to prevent bleed through), painted it with General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint, distressed the edges with sand paper, glazed it with General Finishes Burnt Umber Glaze, and finished the piece with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin. I think it turned out beautiful (and the client thought so too)!

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

Before and After: The Shabby Chic Bench

I love how the paint makes the piece brighter and the distressing/glazing makes all of the details pop! Special thanks to my friend Josh for styling and photographing this piece for me (links to his site are at the top of this post).

What do you think!?

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Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth &amp; Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

Hey, friends! Last week I finally got to try Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint! For a Christmas gift last year, my Mom bought me two colors -- French Enamel and Tricycle. (To see all of her beautiful milk paint colors click here.) I was anxious to try it because you have to mix the paint yourself and it chips all on it's own (which can be frightening if you're OCD like me). After seeing makeover after makeover of beautiful pieces, though, I was brave enough to try it!

While the mixing was intimidating, it actually wasn't bad at all -- especially after watching Miss Mustard Seed's video on how to mix milk paint (below).



I moved the furniture around in my living room and kicked out my dated TV stand. It was the perfect piece to experiment on! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture, so you get the worst before picture in the world:

It was an average TV stand - laminate, two doors with glass inserts, etc. The laminate came off in one corner so I patched it with putty, but other than that, I did very minimal prep work on this piece -- I sanded it very lightly with 150 grit sand paper and removed the glass from the doors. After mixing the paint (I mixed about a cup of the dry powder with water until I got it to the right consistency), I got to work!

I did two coats and was completely surprised -- I had very little chipping! I actually wanted this piece to chip (which is why I didn't add the bonding agent) so I was a little bummed, but I just sanded the edges and a few random areas to get the shabby look I wanted.

(Side note: the only problem I had during the painting process is that the paint turned purple in the areas where I used the putty to patch the laminate. I couldn't find any information on why it would react that way and I've used the putty before with other paints. Even still, I simply sealed it with spray Shellac, waited an hour, and painted over it again. That same area chipped in one spot and you can see the white putty (seen below) but other than that, it was totally fine!)

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

I'm not a fan of waxes, so I went with a Brown Sugar glaze from Paint Couture to deepen and tone down the color. I finished the piece with General Finishes new top coat "Flat Out Flat." It is quickly becoming my new favorite top coat! It has no shine, but still gives the piece protection from every day wear and tear.

Instead of putting the glass back in the doors, I cut two small pieces of chicken wire to the size of each door. The doors had a recessed area where the glass sat inside, so I tucked the chicken wire inside each edge:

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

And then I used a staple gun to staple it to the frame:

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint


Here's the final look!

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

Before and After with Miss Mustard Seed's "French Enamel" Milk Paint

I love the color variation -- it gives it such depth and character!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint? If so, leave your project link below -- I'd love to see it!


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth &amp; Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

Hey, friends! Are you guys ready for an adorable Mid-Century makeover!? I found this cutie at a garage sale for an incredible price:

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

After lightly sanding it down, I hand painted the frame with General Finishes' Patina Green Milk Paint. For the drawer, I sanded the wood even further and then gave it a deep, dark finish with General Finishes' Java Gel Stain. Then, I finished the entire piece with General Finishes' High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!

Are you a fan of the two tone look? I loveeee it!

Looking for more Mid-Century makeovers? Check these out:

Before and After: The Patina Green Mid Century Side Table!


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth &amp; Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;