The paint used for this project was generously provided by the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. The genuine opinions expressed are completely my own.
This month I had the pleasure of participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest again! If you missed previous contest makeovers, you can see some of them here, here and here.The theme for July was Farmhouse Fun and we had the privilege of working with the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.
Milk paint is beautiful, simple and classic.
With my love for vintage and antique furniture, it is the perfect paint for old pieces.
It has been around for centuries and the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company recreated an old Milk Paint formula (back in the 70’s) so that painters would have an authentic, all-natural choice when refinishing furniture. Their colours are fantastic and imitate ones found on antique Colonial and Shaker furniture.
For our Farmhouse Fun contest this month, I chose a piece that was previously painted. Even though I loved the colours of this old chifferobe, I had been wanted to redo it. I wanted to give it more of a farmhouse look that better represented its past.To give the piece that Farmhouse feel, I chose Barn Red and Light Cream from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint line. Both colours reminded me of ones you would have seen a hundred years ago and just spoke “Farmhouse” to me. I began by giving the entire piece a coat of paint in the Barn Red with Extra Bond added to make sure it adhered. Even though I wanted to bulk of the piece to be cream, I wanted the red to play a prominent role. I wanted both the inside of the wardrobe to be red and wanted the red to show through once it was distressed.
To encourage the red to show through once the cream was painted on, I ran a wax puck over the edges before adding the cream paint. The red immediately began to show itself with just a little light sanding once the cream layer was dry. It is the perfect complement to really draw your eye to the beautiful lines of this old, handmade piece. I absolutely love the pop of colour the Barn Red brings to the inside of the wardrobe. The red and white are such classic farmhouse colours that they just enhanced an already beautiful piece. I am so happy that I got to try the Old Fashioned Milk Paint line. I loved this piece before, but, by using the milk paint (and the truly authentic colours), I feel like this piece is finally comfortable in its own skin.
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