Disclosure: The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company “OFMP” provided me with the paint necessary to complete this project, but all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Friends, do you remember an antique serpentine dresser in my furniture stash? It was originally supposed to be an entry in the FFFC, but it had “issues”. Not only was it not a good fit for that month’s theme (and my paint color choice), but it’s drawers and back were seriously messed up. Let me refresh your memory:
Once the paper was removed, this is what the drawer bottoms looked like:
And I like to think I’m a savvy shopper! I’m blaming it on the serpentine drawer and slatted sides that drew me in. The dresser was against a wall and they loaded it in my car, so I never actually saw the back. And the drawer bottoms were covered with gross paper, that I really didn’t want to touch. But even if I had had gloves on, would I have checked under the paper? What if he thought I was rude to ask to see what was under the paper? This is pretty ironic because I make anyone who purchases a piece from me open all the drawers. Learn from my mistake, friends. Know what it is you’re actually buying. Ask questions if it’s not obvious. It’s not being rude. it’s actually being smart. And by all means, if you’re going junking, always have a pair of gloves with you! 😀
After promising Hubby that I would NEVER again bring home a piece of furniture whose repairs were above my pay grade … (and for the record, Hubby, that antique school desk was purchased before this agreement!) … he made this wobbly, wreck of a dresser sturdy again. He’s pretty awesome that way. 😀
I spent some quality time with my sander, and here’s what the dresser looked like after I had sanded down it’s top and drawers:
Ahhhh, now you can see it’s potential! The dresser top and drawers were given two coats of Rust-oleum Wood Stain in Dark Walnut, and sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.
The body of the dresser was a perfect candidate for milk paint. After checking out The Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s website, I thought it would be fun to mix up my own shade of gray. And this is the color I came up with after mixing three parts Pitch Black and one part Snow White. A stately bluish gray color … which looks an awful lot like OFMP’s Soldier Blue! … silly me!!:
Because I didn’t want a lot of chipping on this project (and we can all agree it’s nice to be able to skip the sanding step) I added Extra Bond to the milk paint. Here’s a couple work in progress phone pictures:
I chose Hope’s 100% Pure Tung Oil to protect the finish of the paint. If you’ve never sealed with Tung Oil, I highly recommend it! I just pour a little oil in a solo cup, and if my surface is flat, I “paint” it on with an old chip brush; if the piece has a lot of spindles, legs, etc., I like to wipe it on with a rag. I also like to add a little mineral spirits to the oil to thin it out a bit. But that’s just my personal preference. In the photo below you can easily see which part of the dresser still needs tung oil.
Once everything is covered with the oil, leave it be so the oil can penetrate and do it’s thing. The container says for 1 hour, but I left the dresser for over 24 hours. Then it was just a matter of wiping off any excess oil with a clean absorbent rag. It really is that simple! The Tung Oil soaks into the paint and wood to strengthen and protect. It doesn’t just sit on the surface. Tung oil dries relatively slow, but it penetrates and dries to a durable solid finish. When it’s fully cured, it should feel smooth to the touch and not the least bit oily. (**I was a little heavy handed with the oil, and it took a couple of days to completely dry out.)
Pretty awesome before and after, don’t you think??!
Even The Boy (who is a hard-to-impress college student) commented on how much he likes this piece.
I have to say, it looks quite at home in my house. Even though it was hard to photograph it in it’s current location.
I ended up moving it into our hallway to get a few extra pictures.
I almost forgot! We didn’t end up replacing the bottom drawer because look what was hiding under the paper:
I know it’s not everybody’s thing, but I thought it was too cool to replace.
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Please let me know if you have any questions on painting with milk paint. I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Take care, Cynthia
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