I grabbed this poor drab sideboard at an auction a while back and it has been waiting patiently for a makeover. So as a brand blogger for Old Fashioned Milk Paint, I decided it was time to bring out it's buried beauty with some of their delicious milk paint and hemp oil which they supplied to me to complete the piece.
I started by sanding the old varnish off the top, sides, drawer and door faces bringing the beautiful wood grain back to the spotlight. I planned to paint the sides, but I wanted the raw wood to be the backdrop under the pale yellow coats of paint. This would give a more rustic, aged appeal to the piece as the dark undertone would peak through in certain ways.
Daddy Van's Hemp Oil available through OFMP is 100% food safe and all natural, pure hemp oil. It is some luscious stuff that melts down into the wood nourishing and moisturizing it, bringing out the beauty of the tone and grain. There were a couple of spots I needed to raise the grain because it had been scratched and the oil smoothed on and sank in perfectly. Just look at the depth it gives to the wood in the photos below. The pale wood is raw and the oil coated has a vibrancy to the color and grain.
Next, it was time to paint. I originally thought a pale springy-teal green color would be beautiful, but once I had slathered the hemp oil on the wood areas, they showed that gorgeous tawny tone that maple has and I redesigned the piece in my head using a paler color for a complementary contrast. OFMP Buttermilk is a soft but stunning color and I knew it would suit the piece in it's rustic refinement. I used their SafePaint which has an additive in it to ensure great adhesion to most surfaces. I had cleaned and sanded my piece prior to painting. The SafePaint is an alternative to OFMP standard milk paint formula that can be used with their Extra Bond for better adhesion to iffy surfaces. If you want a chippy or crackling effect, the standard formula is the better choice since the SafePaint is formulated to stick. In this case, I wanted some show-through and distressing, but not necessarily chipping, so I went with the SafePaint to be 'safe.' These photos are with two coats of Buttermilk.
After three coats of Buttermilk paint, I had achieved the perfect combination of color saturation and show-through. I lightly distressed some edging and then hand rubbed Daddy Van's Beeswax bringing out the depth of the creamy vanilla-yellow Buttermilk color. For the final touch, I painted the original pulls and knobs with a rich oil rubbed bronze. This piece is warm, rustic, sophisticated and classic. As a surprise bonus, the bottom skirt is actually a drawer for even more storage.
For this month's edition of the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest, the sponsor was Overlays and the theme was Cut n Paste with Overlays. I thought Overlays were a stencil type product, and I was very surprised when this beautiful cut out raised panel and trim arrived instead.
I decided to frame the two drawer fronts of my project piece within the boundaries of the drawer pulls. This put the Overlays in a prominent position and drew all the attention to itself to take this piece from bland to bold and dashing.
My first step was to stir and re-stain and polyurethane the top. Next I painted the body in a breezy pale blue custom color. While it dried, I measured the spaces for my panels and use the trim pieces to guide their position on the drawer fronts.
Once I configured where I wanted them, I began to trim them to shape. I needed to accommodate for the edges of the trim corners as well as fit the panel cuts to size. For this, I started out scoring the Overlays with an exacto knife, but it turned out to be easier and more precise clipping with sharp scissors. I arranged the measurements so that the trim would frame the inset panel pieces which would be at the edge of the drawers so when the drawers were shut, they looked like one continuous pattern. They fit perfectly together in place.
After my trimming was complete, I spray painted the pieces outside with a warm beige gloss by Rustoleum.
,-It took two coats to fully cover the white in all crevices, and the Overlays grabbed the paint wonderfully. Now I was ready to attach the panel to the drawer fronts which I decided to use a foam brush and coat the pieces in wood glue to adhere to the chalk paint. I painted the drawer knobs and pulls to match the Overlays and put the dresser back together for presentation.
Here it is all painted and over-layed in Overlays, and I must state that it is quite a ways away from the drab dresser it used to be:
Thank you to this month's FFFC sponsor, Overlays, and to the hosts of the contest Evey, of Evey’s Creations, and Scottie, of byscottie.com. If you would like more information regarding the contest, please send an email to fabfurnitureflippincontest.com.
This vintage vanity with attachable mirror set is exquisite and required an exquisite dressing. Old Fashioned Milk Paint is a wonderfully exquisite paint that is always up to peak performance especially for that authentic antiqued, crackle and chipped finish. And it did not disappoint as usual. I chose to lighten and brighten the piece which would accentuate all the lovely detail and curvaceous structure. I opted for Old Fashioned Milk Paint's light cream.
To enhance the depth of tone of the paint, I used Daddy Van's wax. I wanted some chipping, but not bunches of it. To achieve a more stable adhesion, I added OFMP's Extra Bond which is an additive to the paint. There were a few select areas I had a feeling would still chip and sure enough, they did-thankfully. I also wanted the finish to be just a touch translucent, showing the undertone of the wood beneath. After three to four coats of the light cream, I had my desired effect and it was delectable. For the top surface which will get much use, I decided to go with a sturdy top coating of Safecoat Acriglaze by OFMP. This is a completely clear, matte, stable top coat that offers excellent protection and will not yellow the pale paint as an oil based polyurethane will.
First, I mixed the powder paint with water then added the extra bond stirring until most lumps were diminished. After the necessary coats were dried, I hand rubbed the Daddy Van's wax with a cotton cloth all over the body. The last step was to coat the top twice in the Safecoat Acriglaze for colorless and excellent protection. The bottom two photos show the difference for coverage between the second and third coats.
After all was mixed, stirred and brushed and swiped, here is the bodacious and curvaceous sweetest little thing to store and display your precious items--
I added baskets where there was a drawer missing, new diamond cut glass knobs on the doors and the caining stool is available to place with it.
As a brand Blogger for Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., I was given the products to refinish this piece. I adore OFMP and stand by the brand, and as such all opinions are my own.
There is just something so complete about the combination of a rustic antique piece and true milk paint by Old Fashioned Milk Paint. They just belong partnered like peanut butter and chocolate, vanilla ice cream and apple crumb pie, Simon and Garfunkel, Prince and the Revolution. You get the idea.
This slant front/drop front secretary desk was a perfect suitor to OFMP's Soldier Blue. It had amazing trim detail, a rustic wood grain and some of the original hardware that would all shine forth framed by the patina and unique finish of milk paint bathed in wax.
I sanded down the outside and inside of the drop front wood and gave it a fresh coat of stain and a few glossy coats of polyurethane on the outside and the inside. For the case, body and interior drawer faces, I painted four coats of Soldier Blue true milk paint by OFMP and then waxed with the Daddy Van's. As I always reassure anyone who is a first-timer with milk paint, keep painting after the first coat. Miracles happen and it transforms into a beautiful finish despite how it may appear at first.
I added OFMP's Extra Bond to my milk paint to ensure adhesion though the wood was a bit scuffed and lightly sanded. Antique wood can be a bit predictable given its years of who-knows-what like old shellacs, oils and plain old stains etc. so if I don't want much chipping, I always add the extra bond to be safe.
Once I had the body fully covered in the gorgeous blue, I decided to add a little glam by hand painting the details, trim and hardware in a glitzy gold. Then I used the luscious Daddy Van's clear wax, also available through OFMP, to deepen and enrich the blue paint.
The milk paint chipped just enough in all the right places and I lightly distressed in some others to balance the piece. The wax over the blue gave such a beautiful soft sheen and tonal effects that added a touch of drama to enhance the rustic nature of the piece.
As a brand blogger for OFMP, they provided the product I used to complete this project.
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