I finally had the time to paint something again... two things actually! The other will be up tomorrow :) I got some milk paint from The Real Milk Paint Co. and have been saving these pieces until it arrived. This piece I had been saving way longer than that, but I decided it was time to freshen it up. I picked it up last summer from a garage sale and my mom had been using it in the entryway as a little table. It was just wood with a piece of fabric behind the design on the front.
It is an old radio table that had all the speakers and everything removed. I think it has the cutest style, I just wish it was more functional. You can use the top, but can't keep anything inside unless you wanted to pull it way from the wall to get into the back. My hope is someone will use it as a entryway table to set things or put keys on.
The color is Peacock Blue and I love it so much. The powder looked blue, then I mixed it with water and it turned very dark and very green. Even the first coat was looking green and I was getting scared, but I did another coat and then it became this deep teal. Great color. Here is one coat on it. You can see how green it looked.
I only did two coats of milk paint on the table. I expected some chipping since I did not sand or use a bonding agent and the wood has been finished before, but it did not chip at all. I do like the way the wood still shows through the paint in some spots though. After the paint dried I went over it with 150 grit sand paper to get a smooth finish, then I finished it with SC Johnson Wax. Flat paints just absorb the wax and seal everything in. Do note that sanding does change the color of the paint (it gets lighter where it has been sanded). I used a piece of neutral wallpaper from a wallpaper sample book (free from Daly's when they no longer need them) to put behind the design. I just taped it in like the previous backing so if someone want to change it easily they can.
Here it is all finished! I used my brass deer I got last week at goodwill to style this little piece. I am really loving brass things right now. A new favorite. *More/better pictures to come. Check back later*
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