Wednesday, February 20, 2013

milk paint magic & a giveaway

Re-finishing a piece of furniture is really at the top of my list of favorite things to do. With some effort you can take a sad (and sometimes ugly) piece and turn it into something beautiful.
I'm sure you have heard of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. Milk paint is an awesome product that you can feel safe to use in your home especially around kids. It is environmentally safe, non-toxic and is odor-free. That being said, the reason I love it, is for the matte grainy look it has when dry. It pairs perfectly with vintage furniture and best of all, it gives that authentic chippy look to your piece!

I picked this dresser up at a yard sale in the fall. It had great details and was structurally sturdy. Plus the super hero sticker on the front added charm!
The top was in bad shape...
I'm really not sure what happened to it... I sanded and patched to make it a smooth surface.
I used an oil based primer since I didn't exactly know what was on the top (seemed like someone poured a can of stain in a pile!). I only primed the top to help smooth out the surface. The rest of the dresser was in great shape!

I used MMS's Bonding Agent. I chose to paint it on in strategic places first. Since milk paint can be unpredictable as to how much (if at all) it will chip, you can use the bonding agent to prevent the chipping and create a smooth finish. I wanted some of both on this piece.

You can see where I painted on the bonding agent. I simply dabbed a bit here and there...

The dark shiny areas are where I painted it on on the drawers. I was leaving it off in the places I felt would have naturally chipped on their own if it had original old paint on it.

I painted the body in Kitchen Scale and custom mixed the color on the drawers by mixing two parts Kitchen Scale and one part Ironstone.
The paint chipped and crackled beautifully!! I finished it off with MMS Furniture Wax (which is seriously my new FAVORITE wax! Its just like butter! LOVE it!) and some dark wax to highlight the chippy crackled areas.

I love how this dresser turned out!!

I will be hosting a giveaway in the next day or two to celebrate my 600 "likes" on Facebook!!
Stay tuned for details...

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