Mixing a Custom Color with Old Fashioned Milk Paint

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company provided me with the product to complete this makeover, but I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.  



Antique drop leaf table / bar cart is given a makeover with custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint and Hope's Tung Oil / Clockworkinteriors.com



I can’t believe a whole month has gone by, and it’s time for another Old Fashioned Milk Paint post!   I feel part of my responsibility as a Brand Blogger is to show you different ways to use milk paint.   So for this project, I’ll be showing you just how easy it is to create your own custom color using OFMP.  😀



Antique drop leaf table / bar cart is given a makeover with custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



Slowly but surely I’m working my way through my furniture stash.   And  the piece next on deck was this cute little drop leaf table.  You can tell that at one point it had a shelf, and I was looking forward to restoring it to it’s former glory.   The picture below is after I sanded back the table top, which was in rough shape.



Before picture of antique drop leaf table / Clockworkinteriors.com




Because I’ve been painting so many neutrals lately, I decided to go in the opposite direction for this project–a blue green to be exact.  And I knew just what OFMP colors to use to create my color:  Federal Blue, Tavern Green and Snow White.   As you may recall, true milk paint comes in a powder form.    For mixing custom paint colors, I like to first mix the dry powders together first, and then I add the appropriate amount of water.    If you need to tweak the recipe, you can still add the powder and water to the existing color, and then mix it really well until all the powder is dissolved.

This gorgeous color was achieved by mixing equal amounts of Federal Blue, Tavern Green, Snow White, and water:



Custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint color / Clockworkinteriors.com



The drop leaf table is an old, well used piece of furniture.   I didn’t think a solid, uniform coat of paint would suit it at all.   Because of it’s age and condition, I opted to give it one very light coat of paint, not worrying too much about even coverage.  And because I was hoping for some chipping, I chose not to add the bonding agent.  (It is still super wet in Seattle, so I brought the table inside to paint.  And if I was smart, I should have had HGTV on!)



Custom color mixed up with Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



The milk paint did not disappoint!   Just look at that amazing chippiness.   I love it!!



Drop leaf table / bar cart painted with custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com




After a quick sanding, I gave the entire table two coats of Hope’s Pure Tung Oil, which I thinned out with a small amount of mineral spirits.  I was surprised to see how dark the table top became after applying the Tung Oil.   I had planned on leaving the top natural, but I love all the imperfections it detailed!



Bar cart / drop leaf antique table painted with custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



We also made a shelf out of pressboard and glued it on because I think this drop leaf table would make an AWESOME bar cart!



Bar cart / antique drop leaf table painted with custom mixed Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



The drop leafs make this piece so versatile!  The table is the perfect size for a smaller apartment or home.   I’ve staged it outside to try to capture it’s true color, but besides a bar cart, I think it would make an awesome desk, nightstand, end table, extra bathroom storage, you get the idea.



An antique drop leaf table / bar cart is given a makeover with Old Fashioned Milk Paint "OFMP" and Tung Oil / Clockworkinteriors.com



I really wish I could keep this one, but there is no room at the inn.



*****  If you like this project, don’t forget to pin it for later!  *****


How to create a custom color with The Old Fashioned Milk Paint / Clockworkinteriors.com



And as always, if you have any milk paint questions, I’m happy to assist, and do respond to every comment.  😀   Till next time, Cynthia


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34 Responses

  1. Love, love, love this! Only wish I had a place for it at my house; SO cute!

    • I know, right?! I wish I had the space, as well. It’s just a wee too wide for a nightstand in our guest bedroom. It would also make a great bar cart. Thanks for taking the time to comment today, Joyce. It’s appreciated! Cynthia

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Love the color.

    • Thank you, Carolyn! And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today. Take care, Cynthia

  3. So pretty!!!!

    • Thanks so much, Devra. It is a cheery piece, isn’t it? Thanks for taking the time to comment today. Take care, Cynthia

  4. Very nice makeover, Cynthia! I love how you gave the table a chippy finish and the pretty green color pairs so beautifully with the blonde tung oiled wood top. It really would make a fabulous bar or tea cart. Pinning

    • Thanks, Marie! Mixing custom colors is so much easier when using powder … and definitely less messy! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

  5. Cynthia that is such a sweet shade. I love what you did with it. The chippiness really suits it also. The top looks really warm with the addition of the tung oil. I can’t wait to try that, I had to leave it in New York for now.

    • Thank you, Mary! I love the look of tung oil over milk paint … especially the darker colors. Although I’ll change the post to note that I thinned out the tung oil with a small amount of mineral spirits. Looking forward to your next project! Take care, Cynthia

  6. I love the color you mixed, it is so pretty. The contrast of the table top and legs is very nice. The table really looks great.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Debra. Hope all is well! Take care, Cynthia

  7. Gorgeous gorgeous color! And I adore the stained top paired with the paint. Such a beautiful piece of furniture!

    • Thanks so much, Audra. I appreciate your sweet comments and visit today. Hope you found some inspiring projects. Take care, Cynthia

  8. This table turned out gorgeous!

    • Thank you, Pamela. It’s a cheery color just in time for Spring! Take care, Cynthia

  9. Oh Cynthia, I love this color in all its chippy splendor, will have to add this recipe to my box for a future project! Thanks so much for sharing it at Fridays Furniture Fix!

    • Thank you, Brenda, and thanks for being such a gracious host! Have a great weekend! Cynthia

  10. I love that color of blue or green the shade is so vintage and looks great against that shade of wood
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    • Thank you, Angie. And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today! Take care, Cynthia

  11. Cynthia this one’s just gorgeous! You have a great eye for color, your powder mix is perfect! I’ve always loved tung oil for how it revives old wood. I’m sure this one will sell quickly. Thanks for sharing at VIntage Charm! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

    • Thanks so much, Kathleen! And you were right — the table sold in one day. Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  12. I love mixing OFMP colors and recently made the same mix of colors you did but with a different proportion. It’s amazing the endless custom colors we can get! I have not used yet Tung Oil and I have a doubt, do you use it to protect the paint? Why not varnish? By the way, I am featuring this at tomorrow’s party, congratulations Cynthia!

    • You are so sweet, Pili. Thank you! Yes, Tung Oil protects the paint and the wood. I love it because it actually soaks into the finish and wood to strengthen and protects, and doesn’t just sit on top. Not to mention it’s a natural product. Plus, it is sooo easy to apply … especially when spindles are involved. 😉 Thanks also for the feature. It’s appreciated. Take care, Cynthia

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I wish I was closer, I would buy this in an instant Cynthia. It would be perfect for our small holiday home. Stunning

    • Thank you, Michelle!! And you are so right. Drop leaf tables are perfect for small spaces. And how lucky are you to have a second home?! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, Cynthia

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  15. Love the color and I could use a little table like this. http://www.culinaryenvy.com/spring-chicken-cookies/

    • Thank you so much, Sandra. Drop leaf tables are useful … wish I could have kept this one. 😀 Take care, Cynthia

  16. I have a soft spot for tables with folding down leaves, and you did a gorgeous job with this! 🙂

    I’d like to invite you to share this at the Farmhouse Friday link party, which is live right now! 🙂 When you link up, I will share it with a direct link back to your post on all my social media, including on the DIY Farmhouse Style Facebook group, which at this writing has 154k+ members. I hope to see you there! 🙂

    Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much, Michelle, and thanks for the invite! I’ll most definitely stop by. Cheers, Cynthia

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! I’ve chosen it as one of the features for tomorrow’s party 🙂

    • Cynthia

      That’s so awesome, Michelle! Thank you. It’s appreciated! Hope you’re having a great week, Cynthia

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