I picked this little cutie up from an online site. It’s been hanging solo for a while in the basement. After finishing My Shabby Cabs, I took a much needed break from the paint brush! I was eager to start again. I’m always up for trying something new! A local store, Rust to Roses, carries Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I grabbed some paint and hemp oil to give this baby some new life! It had some missing hardware and trim…..
Because so much of the lower trim was missing, I just removed it all. I like things to be “perfectly imperfect.”
I always clean my piece REALLY good. I use TSP Substitute with gloves and a scrubber. Then, rinse with warm water.
Again, I’m a rookie with the ol’ milk paint. At first, I put powder into a plastic container, poured in the water and mixed with a spoon. It would NOT mix. My second attempt, I put water in a mason jar, then powder, put the lid on top and gave it a good SHAKE! This worked perfectly. Let the paint sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the pigment to deepen.
Milk paint comes in a powder form. Mix equal parts water and powder. The paint is “fresh” for about one week. MMSMP carriers a bonding agent too. I did not use this product. Learn more about that HERE.
We are READY! What a pretty color. Apron Strings. Something I’d not normally buy.
Honestly, what REALLY appealed to me with this paint is that you can achieve an authentic “chippy look.” So, I HAD to attempt it. I found an old sock and cut a small piece. I applied a small amount of the hemp oil on to the sock and placed it on areas that I wanted to chip. (Creating a barrier where the paint won’t stick)
Next, PAINT. I gave this beauty two coats! It dries quickly like chalk paint. Can you see where it was “bubbling?” OH YAH. Chip.TIME. I took some tape and wrapped it around my hand. I applied light pressure to these areas to “pull away” the paint.
Now, my favorite part. I took Annie Sloan Old White and a small paint brush to complete the interior trim. There is also ONE section of trim that is missing trim on each end. I made two lines so that it appears there’s trim. Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone! THIS my friends, MADE the piece!
Remember that sock I cut? I stuck my hand inside, put some hemp oil on it and rubbed it into the table. After I finished the whole piece I took a clean rag and wiped it again to remove any excess.
Now LOOK at that beauty. What cha think?
I’m REALLY glad I added the white detail. I’ve been searching for new hardware with NO luck. I’ll keep you posted when I find the PERFECT ones!