Dare I say, this little cutie might be my favorite redo so far… I am in awe of the finish I got. And I will apologize up front – the depth in the finish is so amazing, I took a ridiculous amount of pictures trying to capture it perfectly. You may get a little photo overload!
I started out with this dingy nightstand. I’m not even sure where it came from. I found it in some rearranging of items awaiting their makeover. Judging by the coat of dirt it was covered in, it had been neglected for some time. After a good scrub, I gave it a little necessary attention, gluing down some veneer trim pieces that had started to come up. All in all though, there were really only a couple spots where the trim was broken. This little table was in great shape!
So to step back a moment – milk paint. When I first heard about milk paint and the finishes it could render, I wanted it. And I wanted it right then. So I did a little research and found a local retailer who sold Old-Fashioned Milk Paint. I ran out and grabbed a package of Federal Blue – it wasn’t the exact blue I was looking for, but I still loved it. And then the fear set in. I didn’t want to mess it up. And I didn’t want to waste my precious milk paint. So I put it on the shelf and saved it for “something special”. And in the time that passed, I got and used some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (with which I also struggled but overcame the fear factor).
Ok, now back to this piece – so trying to decide what color to do, I came across my original Federal Blue milk paint. I decided I would do a first coat of Federal Blue, lighten it with some white and have a two tone effect… that is NOT what I did. Once I put on the first coat, I stood there staring at this little table. The color was beautiful. It chipped in only a couple places. I was still debating the two tone, so grabbed my coconut oil to add some resist spots. Everywhere the oil touched the paint deepened and seemed to reflect many different levels. I couldn’t bring myself to cover that up. So I just kept going with the oil. I alternated oiling and sanding – the finish is satiny smooth.
And this is what I ended up with. Let me know what you think! Enjoy!
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Mod Vintage Life – The Shabby Creek Cottage – Imparting Grace – No Minimalist Here – The Charm of Home – From My Front Porch to Yours – Do Small Things with Love – Miss Mustard Seed – My Romantic Home – French Country Cottage – Common Ground – The Shabby Nest – Craftberry Bush – Jennifer Rizzo – Nifty Thrifty Things – Cupcakes and Crinoline – The Cottage Market – Nancherrow Monthly: 1: A Joyful Cottage