It feels like a million years ago that I was painting furniture to include in the estate sale that my friend Laurie and I did just two weekends ago.
At the very last minute we pulled a washstand out of her garage. It wasn't living a glamorous life. In its most recent life it served as a storage chest for pool chemicals.
But it had all its pieces. So Laurie reattached all the pieces and I sanded it all. To me, sanding it the most efficient way to clean a dirty piece. It keeps my hands out of water and the sander removes layers of scum way better than I can.
Except for the top I just sanded enough to get it clean. The top I sanded to smooth and waxed with two coats of Dark Brown Briwax. This is a great product that stains and waxes at the same time. I have used it on several pieces and don't see any difference in durability between it and staining then waxing.
Right after Miss Mustard Seed Paint came out, I ordered some Luckett's Green and Kitchen Scale. My intent was to mix them together to make a turquoise. I did a little preliminary color mixing but I didn't quite get what I wanted. I took my dilemma to Beckie at Vera's Daughter - my closest distributor of MMSMP - and she suggested adding some Flow Blue. We came up with a really nice, rather dark turquoise. Some might call it teal.
That was 6 months ago and I'm not even close to painting the piece that I wanted the color for.
But when this dried up washstand needed painting I knew exactly what color I wanted to use. I mixed up a batch and painted this piece. It was perfectly gorgeous just like it was, but I thought I would add a bit of dimension by adding a light coat of a very watery Kitchen Scale. I didn't use it everywhere, probably on only about 80% of it. I also used it on all surfaces of the drawers. Since the piece was pretty dry, I painted the sides and insides of all the drawers.
I did a tiny bit of sanding to remove some of the Kitchen Scale. Since the piece was so dry, there wasn't a lot of chipping. The paint soaked in tightly. Most of the wood that is showing is because I didn't put any paint there at all.
I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax on the outside surfaces and Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil on the drawer sides, inside the drawers and inside the cabinet. No Antiquing Wax was used in the making of this piece...
I wish I could have found a better spot for photographing this. This piece is so gorgeous. I know the color is a little different in each picture, but the color is most like the first picture. The milk paint was PERFECT for this piece. It made me want to go out and paint every piece I have with it.
Guess I'll need to buy some new colors!
Beckie bought it as soon as she saw it to put in her house. Funny - she had a white one exactly like this in the store. Now I have to make it look just like this one. Hope I can!
Make something wonderful today!
PS. My experience has been that anytime I am working with Lucketts Green, don't use every drop of paint. The yellow particles that have not mixed in well are settled at the bottom and they will get on your brush and make yellow streaks on your piece. I never have a problem with this unless I cram my brush in the container trying to get every last drop. I have to let go of my frugality in this situation and just throw this part out.
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