It had been hanging around the store where I work sometimes and sell my furniture, Vera's Daughter Home, and just needed a new look.
It was the first thing Becky (the owner) ever painted (with Chalk Paint®).
She had just returned from her first class working with Chalk Paint®, and proceeded to paint practically every piece of furniture in the house.
Do you remember the first piece you ever painted with Chalk Paint®?
This is mine.
I had been painting furniture for like a hundred years.
Lots of furniture.
But this newfangled fancy paint for which I had to pick a color online and wait for it to arrive in the mail . . . it was a whole new world.
This table was actually a project for a friend's mother or grandmother.
We thought we were picking a cream color.
If you've ever picked paint from an online picture you've probably done something similar.
Turns out I LOVE this color. Arles.
I've used it many times.
(Turns out a lot of clients love this color, too.)
Then Miss Mustard Seed started making milk paint.
And it stole my heart.
And as much as l loved that table,
if I were painting it today it would have been painted with milk paint.
Because some pieces just scream MILK PAINT ME!!!!!
I'm also a fan of using the two products together.
That's what I did here.
It's an equal opportunity chair.
This Arles chair needed to be red.
For the red front window display for February.
And you know I've got a thing for red with my Arles.
So here's what I did.
The wax that had been on the chair for four years was tough as ever so I cleaned it with mineral spirits - several times. Mineral spirits dissolve wax. It is my cleaner of choice for furniture.
I had been wanting to make something with Miss Mustard Seed Tricycle Milk Paint.
I mixed up the milk paint a little thicker than I normally would (only slightly) and painted the chair. No bonding agent.
The paint covered completely and did not chip at all.
If I had moved straight to waxing or used hemp oil the paint would likely have cured with little or no chipping.
But I thought it would be silly not to sand it back at least a little.
I sanded the whole piece with 220 grit and what you see is what I got.
Then I waxed it with MMS Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.
The whole process took like 2 hours.
Sometimes milk paint is the absolute easiest paint to use.
Some new fabric on the seat and she's a beauty all over again.
Don't you think?