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!
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 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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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!)
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:
And then I used a staple gun to staple it to the frame:
Here's the final look!
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!