Hope you all had a good weekend! We were so excited to have one sale that did not have rain and did not result in us frantically trying to cover our outdoor area with tarps to protect the furniture! We had a great one year anniversary sale and loved seeing so many of you. I am currently in the process of trying to make some changes to my living room. There is nothing really wrong with my living room but my style has changed since I decorated it originally and it needs to be lightened up. I plan on doing a post on this when it is finished but it is still in the planning stages. Planning stage-this is something new for me, and is personal growth I swear! I used to start first, plan later but apparently I am growing up or learning from past experiences or something and am trying to do more planning when I do makeovers. BUT, I did get one thing done that I had in my plan….a dresser for my new TV stand. My last post was not only for you but was also me doing some research on what I wanted. I had been borrowing a piece of furniture from my mom while I waited to find a piece that I liked. Theresa actually found my dresser and I snatched it up from the store. We decided to use the dresser for a demonstration on Saturday at the store which worked out great because I also wanted to do a step by step how to on a piece and since this one turned out wonderfully it seemed like a perfect candidate. We also remembered to take pictures during the process and before we started so that helped too!
Here is the before:
This piece was a little rough, the top actually has initials carved into it and chip in the wood but I LOVE the lines and the piece has great bones and dimension. Look at those curves! Plus it gives me great storage and the top two drawers can be taken out to house a DVD player and other electronics.
I decided that I was not in love with the wood on the piece so I didn’t want a lot of the wood coming through when I distressed. If this is the case, you can put a base color on the piece in a color that coordinates with the color you want on your top coat. I chose to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Trophy as my base coat. I mixed 1/4 cup of Trophy and 1/4 cup of bonding agent. This piece was very shiny so I wanted to use bonding agent to ensure that I did not get a lot of chipping. I did not sand before applying the paint. If you are nervous about chipping you can lightly sand the piece to help the paint to adhere. I felt that bonding agent would be enough in this case and decided to be a little daring and take my chances.
I forgot to take a picture with my camera so here is the one we used on facebook. Since we did this piece outside, dry time was very minimal. Once the coat was dry, I lightly sanded with 180 grit sandpaper on the top of the piece.
This step helps to smooth out any of the little grainy pieces that can be left in the pigments. When I say lightly sand, I mean very lightly with very little pressure. If you do this to your pieces in between coats you will achieve the smooth, silky feel that we love from Milk Paint. Also, you can tell that the first coat of paint is not very uniform and that there are some streaks where the wood is showing through. This is just fine for a base layer. For my second coat I mixed a custom color using a tool from the Purple Painted Lady that is specific for mixing custom Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colors. I mixed a color using Flow Blue and French Enamel, equal parts. I applied it to the front of the dresser and….I did not like what I saw. It was a very bright blue and not what I was going for at all. To remedy it I added Typewriter to darken and deepen the color. Remember, there is no mistake that can’t be undone with Milk Paint.
This is the color that I ended up with, much better and more of what I was going for. Once I had the second coat applied and it was dry, I began using the water distressing technique. If you want an underlying color to come through this is the technique to use. It reactivates the Milk Paint and allows the color underneath to come through. If you were to sand, you would get to the wood and would bypass the color underneath. To do this technique, you just need a rag and water. I recommend that you get it pretty wet and use medium pressure.
I distress in areas that would be worn if the piece was actually old. Drawers, tops and corners. Once I was finished with this and happy with the level of distressing, I applied Hemp Oil to the entire piece. I knew that I wanted to use Antique Wax for the piece later but this piece was really soaking in the paint and I knew that it would do the same with the wax. If you want to use less wax or want the wax to go on easier, using hemp oil as a base coat is the way to go. I then lightly sanded the top again to give me the soft finish that I wanted. I then applied the Antique Wax to the entire piece.
Here is a close up of the finished product. I was hoping that you could see this better but the piece crackled!! If you want to achieve this look it is easy, just use bonding agent on your base coat and paint outside on a sunny day. The sun causes the paint to dry quicker and will give you a crackle. You can also do this with heat from a blow dryer or heat gun. On this picture you can also see the lighter blue color that I started with coming through. This was a total accident but I love the dimension that this gives to the piece.
Here is the finished product. It is now sitting in my living room in its new home and I love it!! The nice thing about it is that the paint also hides the imperfections on the top of the dresser so you don’t notice the initials or the chipped wood. The piece looks a little shiny in the picture because of the hemp oil. If you use hemp oil you know that you will have the shiny look for a few days until the oil soaks into the piece. Hemp oil protects from the inside out and wax sits on top of the pieces and forms a hard finish to protect. That seemed like a lot of steps but from start to finish, it probably only took 1-1.5 hours to do the entire piece. If you want to learn more about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and how to achieve looks like this we have wonderful classes that will teach you all about all of the techniques that I discussed in this post. Our next class is July 29th at 6pm. Thanks for reading, I will hopefully be posting pictures of my updated living room soon!!