Hey friends!

I’ve been working on a lot of painting projects lately–pieces keep flying out of my shops and so I’m working fast to get new pieces ready!

I had the chance last week to quickly stage and photograph two of my more recent pieces and I thought it would be fun to go ahead and put them together in one post.

 

Both were painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint . . .

 

One is red and one is blue–hitting both ends of the color spectrum here!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know I tend more towards cool colors than I do warm, so going with red was a little bit out of my comfort zone.  But it was time to try something new, and what better time to do a red piece than at Christmas!

 

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The prep for both of these pieces was as easy as it gets–just a wipe down with Simple Green to get off any grease and grime, then I painted away!  In both cases the milk paint adhered to the existing finish without any problems. I got some great texture and a touch of chipping on them both too–I hope you’ll be able to see and appreciate that unique quality of milk paint in the photos.

 

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Sadly I don’t have a before photo of the first piece . . . I forgot 🙁 But it was your standard stained empire dresser.  The finish on it was in ok shape, but it for sure had seen better days.

I asked my Facebook crew what color to paint it, and the vote was red! So I painted it in 3 coats of Tricycle from the MMS Milk Paint line.

If you didn’t catch the Facebook Live video I did about this piece, you can see it here, on my new YouTube channel!

After distressing the final coat, I brushed on some Hemp Oil to deepen the tone of the red, and then a coat of Espresso Wax over the dried Hemp Oil to add even more age and depth to the finish.

 

Tricycle Empire Dresser

 

 

 

It certainly is red!

I know red isn’t for everyone, but I think this piece looks pretty stately in a bold color like this.

 

 

The main bit of chipping I got was on the side–part way down the piece is a shadow, if you’re wondering why it looks darker.

 

 

 

 

So there’s the red piece, now onto the blue!

 

 

 

I found this little oak washstand at an estate sale. The finish on the top needed some TLC and the base needed something to brighten it up a bit.

For this piece, I chose MMS Milk Paint Bergere, from the European color collection. Bergere is a soft, slightly smoky blue, very close to Champness in the Fusion Mineral Paint line.

This piece only needed 2 coats of Bergere, then I distressed it by just running my sandpaper over the finish.  I Hemp Oiled the top and then sealed the base with Clear Furniture Wax.

 

Bergere Washstand

 

 

This little washstand has some spunk now!

 

 

One of the things I love so much about milk paint is the fantastic texture you get with it–especially when painting a wood like oak.

 

 

 

 

Did you catch that I used the same blue and white transferware pitcher as a staging prop in both photos?

 

 

So I hope at least one of these makeovers appealed to you today! I know they were very different from one another, and the Tricyle dresser is especially a step out of the norm for me.

 

 

But sometimes you need to stretch your creativity a bit and try something new!

What have you been painting lately?

 

 

 

 

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