Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hallway Bench Decked in Milk Paint

Every now and then.

Not nearly often enough.

It pays to have a garage stacked with furniture waiting to be loved.

Because then,

and only then,

when you are asked "in the stacks of things in your you happen to have a hallway bench about three feet wide and 15 inches deep?"


and only then,

you can say "why yes!"

"I do!"

And when they ask, "can you paint it black?"

You can say "why of course! I just happen to have some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter that would be perfect for this bench!"

And you can even add "and wouldn't it look beautiful with Miss Mustard Seed White Wax!"

And you can say "of course I can have it done by December 15 when I leave town to visit my family for Christmas."

And they could say "well thank you, Jennifer will pick it up and bring it to us over Christmas vacation."

That's how it came about that this little bench turned from worn-out old bench sitting in some old man's house,

To lovely little bench sitting in a lovely home in Kentucky.

This home happens to be where these little side tables live.

They are still gorgeous after all these years.

A few things about how I did the bench:

(I knew that they would not want a chippy finish so I used MMS Bonding Agent) -

Mix together
1 bag Typewriter
1 bottle Bonding agent
2 cups of water (maybe less - I can't remember)

Then I:

-painted all of the wood with this mix - it was very thick

-added more water - at least 1/2 cup, maybe more

-painted the entire piece, including the rush seat

-added more water - at least 1/2 cup

-painted the rush seat again

-sanded the entire piece lightly - even the seat

-covered the entire piece with MMS Hemp Oil and rubbed it down

-covered the seat with MMS Hemp Oil at least 3 more times

-waxed everything except the rush seat with MMS White Wax

-wiped down the waxed areas leaving the wax in the recessed areas

-waxed the crevices/detail work with MMS White Wax for a second time

-polished the whole thing with a clean rag

I was really happy with how the paint did on the rush seat. 

The big take home tip here is that the hemp oil acted as a resist for the white wax. I had to be diligent to keep the wax in the crevices.


I wish I could have had a day of sunshine to take pictures in natural light.

Then you could see how really beautiful this piece is.

Maybe I'll see it again someday and take pictures then.

Make something wonderful today!

And happy 6 days until Christmas!


Miss Mustard Seed
The Better Half
It All Started With Paint


Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

very pretty!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Wow! That is gorgeous girl!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great bench. It had great bones and you made them even better. Love this project. Merry Christmas.

Bliss said...


Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

All it's beauty is back once again!!! I really like the white stain against the darker color. It seemed like you really like MMS products, I haven't tried them yet but maybe I should. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I love the comment about the garage full of furniture. It makes me feel better about my furniture-hoarding habit!
I would love for you to share some of your projects at my link party. The very first one is Friday, Jan 31st at Hope to see you there!

Unknown said...

you are so talented! you do beautiful perfect!!!! i am really learning allot on this site from a whole bunch of creative people!!!


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