I am so happy to participate this month in another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest as this month sponsor is Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.! I had wanted to try this amazing paint for a long time, and being this month’s theme “Farmhouse Fun” I had the perfect piece of furniture for it. Please note while this contest is sponsored all opinions are mine and mine alone!
The piece of furniture I had in mind was solid wood and had beautiful lines. There used to be leather details glued in the middle but time and use made it look this sad. No worries, there’s nothing that paint and love can’t do to solve that.
The first thing I did was remove doors and hinges, and give it a deep clean.
Then I prepared the paint and let it sit for about 20 minutes. If you haven’t worked with milk paint before, I will tell you some tips. It was created to be used in porous surfaces, so it will stick perfectly to unfinished surfaces and would never chip. If you want to apply it to non-porous surfaces (previously painted or finished surfaces among others) you have two options, you can either sand the entire piece down, or you can add some Extra-Bond to your mixed milk paint.
I wasn’t sanding this baby so I went plan B and added the Extra-Bond to the paint. I promise it is really easy, no fuss here. For the paint, just mix equal parts of paint powder with equal parts of water (preferably bottled water). Then, mix two parts of paint you already have with one part of Extra-Bond and let it sit for a while, easy peasy! You’ll see the air bubbles disappear and the paint is not so runny.
In the meanwhile, I cleaned the doors and removed the hardware.
There was work to do, and there were three of them!
My chisel was very helpful at this stage.
Once everything was removed from the door, I sanded the area to make it smooth as the rest. Have you seen the pretty patina the hardware has?
I chose to paint it in Slate, it’s a beautiful color. I wanted to add some damasks, I’m in love with them. You can see how I used one in my damask sideboard.
I draw a template on a piece of paper, traced it to the back of the damask paper and then cut them all. You can find a similar damask paper here.
I finished painting all the cabinet, and decoupaged the paper using white glue and water in a 1:1 ratio.
I love how it looks now!! Those dry flowers remind me of dry fields in summer and a farmhouse feel.
The hall is tiny so I had a difficult time taking pictures to show you how pretty it is.
Two coats were enough for full coverage and it has a silky finish I love.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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