How are you?
Are you ready for spring yet?
In spite of it being like 20 below outside, the sun has been shining for a couple of days here and I'm in better spirits than I was on Sunday when I wrote my last post.
Back in December I showed you a bench that I painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (MMSMP) in Typewriter.
I still lament not being able to get better pictures of this bench. Because today I want to show you another table that I painted with the leftover paint from this bench.
Looks very different you say?
You may want to first see the steps I took to get the look I did on the bench and to see how I mixed the paint.
This table was WAY worse for the wear. I think the legs had even been cut down because this style typically is a little taller and has some sort of ornate feet on it. If I were to guess, I would say that a dog had chewed on the feet to the extent that they had to be removed. The top of the table and a couple of spots on the legs appear to have been gnawed on. At least I choose to believe it is a dog, and not some other type of varmit!
A little gluing was necessary to keep all the pieces together. I did not bother to try to fix any of the other cracks and damage on the table. I do rather wish that the little pediment that is supposed to be in the center of the lower framework was still there, but alas it is not.
Ok. Here is what I did to get this look - versus the black look of the bench.
-I used the leftover mix of Typewriter Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Bonding Agent. Leftover, as in within a few days of painting the bench.
-I added water. AGAIN! Note: the Bonding Agent appears to thicken the paint over time. This is the 4th or 5th time I have diluted this batch of paint. It still works like a charm.
-Covered the entire table with 2 coats of the mix.
-Gently sanded the entire table - not the recessed areas - to smooth everything up a bit.
-Waxed and wiped the entire piece with Miss Mustard Seed White Wax twice, leaving more wax in the recessed areas.
-Buffed the entire piece.
I'd say the finish is like a cross between grey driftwood and zinc.
Notice that the color of the entire piece has changed significantly. (oops no picture of untreated paint - but it looks a LOT like the bench with the hemp oil on it)
I did not intentionally distress this piece. I figured it would look
distressed enough with the damage and the contrast of the white wax.
There are a few places where the wood shows through, and that's ok.
I love this finish. Frankly, I don't think it is the best look for this style of table, but it does provide an excellent sample of what you can do with just a dark milk paint and direct application of MMS White Wax.
I see this finish being really nice on picture frames, table tops, outdoor accessories . . . Just remember if you are using it outdoors you will need to use some type of outdoor rated protective finish over everything. Modern Masters makes an excellent, non-yellowing (very important), flat outdoor protective finish.
I don't really have a place to put this table so I will probably sell it.
But be assured, I will use this finish again.
Hope you're holding up to the weather and staying happy and healthy.
Make something wonderful today!
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