I bet you're a little surprised that I only made you wait two days to see the painting we did at Silo Hill Farm. I know I am the queen of saying "you will get to see that later" then not getting to the project for 6 or 7 months (or never). But in this case, since the point of the visit was to teach Danni to be a furniture painter we HAD to get the projects completed.
Danni had a buffet that she bought for (I believe) 10 or 20 dollars. She cut the legs off so it sits like a console in her living room.
We decided to use Powder River Paint for this project. Powder River Paint is one of the new chalk/clay based paints on the market. Our good friend Lorraine@Miss Flibbertgibbit is selling it at her shop and online. Danni picked Prairie Grass, a beautiful green - of course. We decided to do the accent painting in Lakota White.
We started with this piece because we were using milk paint for the other piece we were painting and I didn't want Danni to get discouraged about painting. Many of you know that painting with milk paint is a gamble and can be tricky - even for experienced painters. I figured I'd let her get at least one coat of paint under her belt before we started the whole milk paint thing.
The buffet took two coats of paint. Plus a little extra - that was created when Danni had this small accident. She may or may not have said a few bad words when she did this.
I loved the Powder River Paint. It was creamy and covered well. I made Danni use three different kinds of brushes - an Annie Sloan paint brush, a Purdy 2 1/2 brush, and a chip brush. All three brushes worked well with the Powder River Paint.
We used Lakota white for the accent painting. It worked fine, but I must say that I think craft paint is the easiest paint to do accent painting with. Painting chalky paint over chalky paint is a little tricky. It tends to drag. A tip here: when you accent paint furniture let go of your need for perfection. You can correct the big mistakes, but don't worry about the small stuff. You could spend hours trying to get it perfect but it never will be. Just do it and move on.
We were a little confused by the little wood accent pieces added to the top drawer. We feel sure that someone added them at one time or another. They really aren't consistent with the rest of the piece and Danni kind of wished she had removed them. We weren't thrilled with how bright they looked compared to the rest of the piece. This brightness was emphasized in the pictures. I suggested that she live with it a while and if she really didn't like it, then do a little distressing to bring the color down.
Danni didn't want any distressing on this piece. There were a couple of places where the brown showed through the paint and that was OK, but we didn't sand or remove any of the paint before waxing.
Which reminds me - we used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax. I am CRAZY for them. Both waxes are extremely easy to work with. This was only my second time to work with them. The first time I worked with them was just a few days before I left for my trip. I was really relieved that I liked them so much since this is what I had suggested that Danni order.
Didn't she do a great job? What do you think of the color? I encourage you to check out these Power River Paints. They have a beautiful turquoise (which I was unable to talk Danni into) that I am anxious to try. I have to say that I'm glad she picked the green - since practically everything in her house that isn't neutral or white is - you guessed it - GREEN.
I also want to make a shout out to my good friend Kirby@Kirb Appeal. You may or may not know that she has a second blog Women Who Blog. On this blog she interviews - wait for it - WOMEN WHO BLOG! Every now and then she sneaks in a writer of books and this is one of those weeks. This writer is so famous that unless you are a complete non-reader you have read at least one of her books. Don't miss this interview with one of the busiest female authors out there - Janet Evanovich! Check it out here.
Make something wonderful today!
Miss Mustard Seed