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.
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