Disclosure: The product used in this furniture makeover was provided by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. But please know that all thoughts, opinions and love of milk paint are wholly my own. 😀
Hello friends! As you may recall, I’m a part of a whole team of bloggers who share projects completed with Old Fashioned Milk Paint. For my first couple of projects: antique serpentine dresser, antique gateleg table, hand lettered stool, I tried to bring the pieces back to their former glory. It’s now time to show you how you can use milk paint to give a piece a fresh modern look. I’m so excited to share this project with you today. Mostly because painting with milk paint is so easy and so much fun!
This desk was from a charity garage sale held last May. It was only priced at $20 and NO ONE bought it! (I would have, but my
triage garage was full.) Well, come September, look what showed up in my garage! The homeowner (who happens to be a good friend) had faith that I could give it a new look in the hopes that someone would want it.
Sure it needed a little work, but nothing that a good cleaning, a little glue and clamps wouldn’t fix. Another perk of this desk is that it’s finished on all four sides so it can be floated in a room. It doesn’t necessarily have to placed against a wall. 😀
I’ve seen some beautiful pieces of furniture painted with Tavern Green, and that’s the color I chose for this little desk. Even after a very quick scuff sanding, the desk was still rather shiny so I chose to add Extra Bond to my paint. Besides helping the paint adhere to a surface, the Extra Bond will help control chipping, which I wanted to avoid for this piece.
FYI: For tables and desks, I find it easier to paint if I first flip them over onto a table top, and paint them upside down. Then for the second coat, I paint them right side up.
Two coats of the Tavern Green was all that was necessary for complete coverage. While the color was gorgeous, I was worried there was too much contrast between the white enamel chair and white hardware I planned on using. I thought a coat of Maison Blanche White Chalk Wax would be stunning. (Because I wanted the white wax to be subtle, I first gave the desk a coat of Daddy Van’s Beeswax Finish. [LOVE it’s lavender scent!] And after waiting the appropriate time, I then applied the white wax.)
In the photo above, the white wax had been applied to the trim, but not the front of the desk leg. In the photo below you can more visibly see where the white wax has been applied:
My favorite way to apply wax is to put a glob on a paper plate and use a staining pad for application. And I always wear plastic gloves. Here’s a phone pic where all of the desk has been white waxed:
It has been raining … and raining … and raining in Seattle, and I’m just not able to get a decent photograph of just how stinkin’ cute this desk is!!
All of the drawers have been lined with black and white toile paper, and the middle desk drawer has new black and white polka dot knobs to match the desk chair. Did you know that milk paint can also be used as a stain? Yes, it can! I also gave the inside sides of the drawers one coat of paint, which acted just like a stain to the bare wood.
Apologies I can’t find a before of the chair, but it was a garage sale blonde / rattan find. I sprayed it with white gloss enamel, added batting to the rattan seat, and covered it with this sweet fabric:
If you’re local to the Seattle area, this desk is available for purchase. And the best thing is, I’ll be donating half of the proceeds of this sale to the Woodinville High School Relay for Life team in support of cancer research. Details can be found on my “For Sale” page. And as always, if you have any questions regarding painting with milk paint, I’m happy to assist in any way I can. 😀 Take care, Cynthia
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