Tuesday, October 11, 2011

blue milk paint

This piece was pretty sad.  I went back & forth about buying it for about 30 minutes but for the price, and the fact that it was solid wood/sturdy/dovetailed drawer construction, I just couldn't pass it up.

Here is the sorry before…

Isn't it lovely??

I added some embellishments on the three drawers for interest and I really like how they turned out.  Check out my recent post on embellishments here.

I painted it with a blend of milk paints.  I mixed together the Soldier Blue with a little bit of Slate, just to tone down the blue a bit.  I put on a good heavy coat, sanded, then another.

Milk paint is funny to me.  It distresses in such a variable way.  Some places come almost clean, others hold the paint unbelievably well.  But that is part of the fun & the challenge.

I took off the hideous hardware, filled half of the holes and replaced the hardware with some vintage-y glass knobs.  The cabinet doors have hidden pulls on the tops, so are without hardware.  Each of them hides 3 drawers.

Here she is after:

My little friend just can't resist getting in some photos…

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  1. Really, really pretty now! I've been wanting to try some milk paint.

  2. Very cool and rustic now! And what a great color!

  3. you have the same curtain material as young house love!!!

  4. I really love how it turned out. I'm always afraid to go for the ultra chippy look, but when I see others do it I really love it.

    But because of that fear, I use primer under my milk paint and the finish ends up unbelievably smooth and deep. Especially with a paste wax finish. Some day I'll be brave and distress like this piece!

    Oh, also Soldier Blue is my next milk paint purchase... :]

    xo Em

  5. Amazing transformation. Changing the color of a piece of furniture is pretty simple but transforming the piece the way you did takes it to a whole new level. When it is necessary to look back to the before picture to make sure it is the same piece, you know it's a success.

  6. Very nice! You did a great job! I think I really need to try milk paint!

  7. wow! it went from outdated ick to AHHH-MAZIN'! so, how do you like milk paint? does it dry quickly? have you ever NOT distressed it and been happy with the results? i'm still hanging w/ annie sloan's chalk paint but would like to "go milk" for a change.

    amy (here from restore)

  8. i love the varied effec of the milk paint! looks awesome!

  9. This is a really cool piece! I liked hearing your thoughts on the milk paint, too! :)

  10. Dang! I would have walked right past that one. You have an AWESOME eye!