I promised you all in my last post some “after” photos of this cute little chest I recently bought.
It was a Craigslist find, and in really good shape. I love the 4-drawer size too, it’s just kind of petite and fits well into most any space. A few days before I found it online, I bought another packet of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Luckett’s Green).
I think this is my favorite green to work with, although I will say I have found it to be the most finicky of the milk paints I have tried. Very easily it will yellow on you . . . so you have to keep mixing and mixing while you’re painting, and avoid using the last bit of mixed paint you have because it always seems to be very yellow.
I wanted this piece to be chippy, so I didn’t sand or prep the wood in any way, other than wiping off the dust. I taped off the top with some Frog Tape and went to work.
Everything was progressing along nicely, until my paint started turning yellow. I wound up having to re-mix some new paint and re-paint a few spots that were looking more mustard than green. So, it took a little more time than what I had hoped . . . But still, the whole process took less than a day.
After the second (or third in some spots!) coat of milk paint dried, I scraped off the chipped parts and covered the base with Plaster Paint Paste Wax (I am still in LOVE with this wax by the way!!). The only thing I did to the top was wipe it down with some mineral oil and vinegar mix (read more about that here) to help restore some of the luster of the finish. The great set of vintage pulls went back on and here is the “after”:
The chipping on this piece was perfect! Not too overwhelming, just enough to add some depth and interest.
Isn’t this a great green color?
It contrasts so well with the stained wood top.
It’s so cute with it’s pretty little legs.
Like I said earlier, it’s the perfect size to sneak into any corner in your home.
Another fun adventure with milk paint!