Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another Gem color in Milk Paint

I get so many compliments on this turquoise color milk paint. 
It's from the Real Milk Paint Company and their name is "cobalt".  This time I mixed
in a little of their green here and there to give it a little extra accenting. 
Just your standard vintage mahogany desk. Everything got sanding and sealed with shellac (remember the dealing with mahogany, the tannins in the wood cause bleed through. Shellac or primer, prevents the bleed through).
 I redid the top using custom colors in a walnut and gel mahogany.  It's been so unbelievably hot, I have to wait until night to work. Even at 10PM, the garage is a balmy 92! I have some projects to paint in enamel, but I can't until it cools down. Luckily with milk paint, it doesn't matter. 
And Judy always keeps me company! 
This is a desk that is finished all the way around.  Doing the back, below. 

The top got a few coats 
of GF urethane. 
 I love this paint and color. How cool are the crackle areas?? Everything got tung oil to richen the color.  On the parts that were really flaky, I applied a coat of GF urethane to stop the flaking.
I painted that little bistro chair eons ago. I could probably redo it in colors to match the desk. 

While the drawers hardly chipped, the sides and back did. That's milk paint for ya!
 I think the desk showcases my home made "beachy" signs to a T!

****(Update on this piece,,,,this was sold from my Etsy store to a customer in Fla. Well, the shipping truck was stolen while the driver was sleeping over in a motel. The truck had 35 different items in it. To my knowledge, it was never found. My poor desk is out there somewhere!)

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A New Frenchy

Getting away from the MCM stuff and onto finishing this French Provincial piece. 
I've been wanting to try Aubusson with gold and this is the perfect piece for it. 
I'd already started the stripping process when I remembered a before pic. 
 I know I keep saying it, but this soy gel is the bomb. People. 
No reason to use harsh chemicals!!

Cleans up with water!!! Good for the environment and your lungs! 

Martha Stewart Vintage Gold.

         Rather than use fabric on the fronts like I usually do, I stenciled French numbers instead.
 Très chic, n'est-ce pas?