I don’t necessarily have a list of the other 121 reasons why I love Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint but I am pretty sure that I could come up with them if I needed to. Maybe that will be another post for another day. Anyway, I found this decrepit Clark’s Boilfast thread holder during the Gnomemade event in town. Let me start by saying that this thing was rough, that’s probably why I got it for such a reasonable price. The drawers needed repair, one was missing the front and the pull, and the finish was chipping away. I saw potential though and loved the old drawers and decals. Despite my love for old wood patina, this one was a little too far gone to salvage and I knew I would need to paint it. My one hesitation was that there were some cool old decals on the sides of the piece that I wanted to be able to preserve. I should have taken a before but I tend to get a little too excited to start and forget. Pretend you are looking at this but without the drawers in tact and with a flaky finish and dried out wood.
I started by mixing 3 tablespoons of Trophy. I would not normally mix this much for such a small piece but the wood looked really dry and I thought it might soak in a lot of the paint. I decided not to use bonding agent and not to sand before hand because I wanted to see if I would get any natural chipping that would help keep some authenticity of the piece’s age. I put on one coat and did some touch up. I decided to leave the front of the drawers wood since the wood there was in good shape.
After the piece dried I sanded a bit and got some very cool chipping. I decided to use the water distressing technique on the rest of the piece because I like how it can make the paint look worn off rather than sanded off. I also was hoping that if I used water, I would be able to pull the paint off the decal on the side……and it worked!! (This is the reason #122 I was talking about) No other paint would allow you preserve that and bring out old decals that you covered up. Pretty cool huh!?
I finished the piece using Antiquing wax. Below you can see the difference between the side that I waxed (left) and the side that has no finish. It makes a huge difference when you put on the finishing products and really brings out the true richness of the color. I also love how Antiquing wax brings out the crack and chips in the piece to keep it looking old.
The picture of the left is with wax and the right is without. You can really see how much of the wood where it chipped gets brought out and how the color changes once the wax is applied. I also put wax on the wood on the drawers, it brought back some of the luster of the wood.
Here is the piece finished and in it’s temporary new home. I love the piece because of the drawers and the decals but it is very hard to find a place because of the depth. It will work here in my kitchen for now but I am hunting for a better place. Today we worked on some Christmas decor that you can see in my picture. Miss Mustard Seed’s Glitter Glass pine cones- you really have to see them to appreciate them but they are gorgeous and will be all over my house this year and some old sheet music in an old store display stand. This year I am going being minimalistic with my holiday decor but I think I am going to like it. I have gone all out the last two years because I have had my company holiday party at my home but this year we are just too big to fit in my house. Now that I am not entertaining I don’t feel the need to do as much but I still think it will be pretty. Christmas is my favorite time to decorate for. When we both have our homes decorated we will share. It’s a lot of easy, DIY stuff and things that you can find very inexpensively.