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 is a reformulation of the original milk paint to ensure great adhesion to most surfaces. I had cleaned and sanded my piece prior to painting. With SafePaint it is not necessary to add Extra Bond for more secure adhesion as you may choose to when using the original milk paint formula 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.
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