Vintage sideboard painted in Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Oyster White

Vintage sideboard painted in Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Oyster White

If you follow my work you know that painting furniture white is usually not my thing although I get requests for it all the time. It’s not that I don’t like white furniture. I do, it’s just that I can’t use my regular “go to” topcoat. I had struggled for a while to find one I really liked but I think I finally found it. So excited!
I painted her in Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Oyster White. I’m thrilled with the colour and of course it did all the stuff that makes me never want to paint with anything else but milk paint. Crackled and chipped better than any other piece I’ve done. I really did nothing at all. The paint does it all itself. 😉
 
I loved the pulls and wanted to reuse them so I just primed & painted them in milk paint with a top coat as well. Just the right contrast against the white. A little Spoonflower paper to line the cutlery drawer and this beauty is ready for her new home. Isn’t she lovely?

Although I love all the pieces that I work on, this one was an amazing treat. You might remember the dresser and night table made by the same manufacturer that I sold last year? I have worked on some pretty amazing pieces but none as intricate and detailed as these beauties.
 
Up until I edited the photos, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to part with her. This one of a kind, bowed front sideboard was painted in MMS Artissimo. I painted her the same colour as her sister dresser a year ago. The combination of the wood and paint colour are perfection! Why mess with that?
 
Of course the milk paint did all the fun unpredictable stuff it always does. It’s so amazing to work with this type of paint once you get the hang of it. It really gives the piece an authentic vintage vibe.
 
And finally the pulls. As you may have noticed I almost always change out the original hardware on most projects but these beauties were made for this piece. I absolutely love them! I just cleaned them up, whitewashed and topcoated them. What a difference it made. Of course, with all the snow I had to take the compulsory winter shot of my Sorels. 🙂
 
Although I love doing this work and transformations like these are totally motivating, I secretly hope that one day, Sarah Richardson will discover one of my pieces and have to have it. If that were ever to happen, this would be the one. Spread the word! 😉
Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

This gorgeous vintage piece with stunning appliques hit all of my furniture criteria; unique, intricate and striking. One of the heaviest and biggest pieces I’ve ever worked on, but definitely one of the most beautiful.

 

 

I used my go to paint these days, milk paint, in Pitch Black.  Again, the milk paint did all the wonderful things I wanted it to: different shading of black and crackling and scaling. This stuff is fascinating to work with. I swear, when I start talking about my obsession with milk paint, people’s eyes glaze over. I’m nuts about this stuff!

 

 

After I painted and sanded her back to near wood, I focussed on the finishing. I rarely talk about this step, but topcoating is really the most important part of the process. It is also the most frustrating, time consuming, confusing and for most people, the most boring part of furniture refinishing but if you don’t do it, you’re certain to regret it. The first time you put a hot mug or wet glass on the piece, you’ll ruin it. For all you wanting to learn how to do this, don’t focus on the paint, focus on the topcoat.

 

 

I always say I put three layers of topcoat on the surface of the piece and two everywhere else, but that’s really the minimum. I topcoat until it’s near perfection and sometimes that takes 5 or 6  coats. I obsess about it!  I pity the person that will ever have to strip down my work. They’ll be swearing on my grave for sure. 😉

 

 

Once the finish was done it was time to accessorize. Furniture hardware can be so much fun! I have a ton of knobs on hand and I think I tried everyone of them on this piece and none of them were right. In the end I realized that her original hardware was made for her. Whoever planned her out knew what they were doing. Although they were the perfect match in shape and size the brass was too brassy, so I painted and topcoated them too. I love how it all pulled together in the end. She’s a stunner!