Last week I gave these French nightstands a makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Even though this not the look I was going for, I absolutely love how they turned out! I purchased these from The Salvation Army for $15.00 each!! I love thrifting!
Though ugly in their original state, I knew they had the potential to transform into something fabulous. Magical even. (I may have got that from a Facebook friend who saw my after picture, lol)
Milk paint is like no other paint that I have used before, but you can create many different looks using it. I would suggest if you want to give it a try, look at You Tube videos, Pinterest and Miss Mustard Seed’s website. I am not going to give you a full tutorial on how to use it because it really is a tricky paint to use and I am no expert, but I will tell you how I achieved this look. I have only used milk paint twice, and both times it was an emotional roller coaster ride! I know, I know, that sounds dramatic, but for real! This is how it generally goes;
First coat: “Wow, I love this paint!”
Second or third coat: “What the heck is happening here, I don’t think this is supposed to look like this! Oh no! This is not what I wanted, what should I do now? I have officially ruined this piece!” Then I have serious thoughts of bringing it to the end of the driveway for the trash man to pick up.
By the end: “I LOVE MILK PAINT!! This is fantastic I couldn’t have even dreamed this look up! Hmmm…. what can I paint next?!”
Ok so, I didn’t prep these pieces at all before painting, I just washed them with a bit of soap and water. I did add a bonding agent to the paint, because I did not want the paint to chip. I clearly didn’t use enough, because I don’t follow directions well. My plan was to use Trophy Gray, a darker gray, as the base coat then layer Grainsack, a really light grayish beige, over the Trophy Gray and then sand it back a bit so you could see the darker gray beneath. I applied two coats of Trophy and then happily mixed up my Grainsack paint and started applying, well it just wasn’t looking the way I expected so I had to repaint the piece over. Back to square one again….. and thinking cap on. I then mixed up a wash (a very thin watery paint) with the Grainsack color and tested the “‘wash” on the side of one of the tables. I really liked this look, so I “washed” the tables working in small sections and wiping off the excess paint after I applied it. The Grainsack wash really brought out the details in the tables.
The lovely chipping I achieved from not adding enough of the bonding agent, so glad I didn’t.
I then finished with an antiquing wax to deepen the color and protect the surfaces from further chipping.
I love setting up my photo shoots and taking the pictures, hope you don’t mind me sharing a few more.
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Hannah kept stealing my flowers when I was trying to shoot this! Haha such is life with a toddler, right?! 😉 So what do you think? Do you want to grab a paintbrush and give them a new paint job, or do you appreciate the chippy, old look of them?
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