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!

 

Pitch black vintage chest with carnation bone knobs

Pitch black vintage chest with carnation bone knobs

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When people say “they don’t make things like they used to” I imagine they have something like this beauty in mind. This stunning, solid walnut bureau with its bottom wood molding and slightly recessed top was the most unique chest I had ever worked on. Despite her old exterior I could see the beauty she would become. Here is her before.

 

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I knew exactly the look I wanted for her: milk paint. And not the easy to use milk paint, but the hardcore Original Milk Paint, in Pitch Black. I had read so much about how people loved or hated milk paint, I had no idea what to expect. I crossed my fingers, said a prayer and started painting. In the end, I had nothing to worry about. It was easy to use and I loved the translucency that allowed the wood underneath to show through. It was exactly what I’d been looking for!

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Of course, the carnation bone knobs, are superb. I have these ones on my own sideboard. I just love them!

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In the end, I can’t think of a single room that this piece wouldn’t look stunning in. My husband wants all of our furniture painted in this colour, and I have to say that I’m tempted, but then again, there are so many other colours I haven’t used yet. 😉 Stay tuned!