My husband and I (mostly my husband) have been cleaning out and reorganizing the storage side of our basement and we’ve unearthed a whole pile of furniture I have yet to paint! Yesterday we found this little wash stand and I thought it was the perfect piece to try some of Miss Mustard Seed’s new European milk paint colors on.
Here’s how the wash stand-turned-dresser looked before. I didn’t even notice the bottom handle wasn’t on straight until I took them all off! And as I painted, I noticed that someone had attempted to restore the piece at one point. Or something. It wasn’t the best staining job I’ve ever seen, that’s for sure!
I wasn’t planning on this piece chipping this much. In fact, after I painted the first coat and walked upstairs to start dinner I thought “that piece isn’t going to chip at all.” It just felt kind of dry, so I thought the milk paint would soak right in. Then I went back downstairs for the second coat and it had started chipping. A lot! I’m not sure I’m totally a fan of this much chipping, but I went with it. It definitely gives it a unique look.
I painted the piece with Layla’s Mint for the first coat and Mora for the second. I wanted just a little bit of the mint color to peek through, but it really looks more mint to me. I think the crappy stain job before bled through the paint and gave it more of a green color than a gray-blue which Mora is. Either way, I do really like both colors and plan on using them again very soon!
I decided to seal the piece with polycrylic this time. I almost never use it, but since this piece was so chippy, I thought it was best. That way the paint won’t be able to chip anymore. I thought that was important for two reasons. First, the paint is already so chippy, if someone buys this piece, they probably don’t want it to chip any more. The other reason is with the color, I kind of see this piece going in a nursery. Even though MMS milk paint is totally safe and made with all natural ingredients, I’m sure parents wouldn’t want their little ones chewing on paint chips!
I’m still on the fence about this one and I’m curious what you think. Is it too chippy or just right? I think I can handle maybe one piece like this in a house, but it would be too much if there were a bunch of distressed pieces in one room.
PS – this piece will be for sale in my booth at Painted Farmgirl in Hudsonville, MI. If you haven’t been there before, be sure to stop by! You won’t be disappointed! Oh, and if you’re looking for milk paint for your next project, I’ve got you covered! (The new milk paint colors don’t come out until January 24, but if you’d like to preorder any colors, be sure to contact me and I can have your paint waiting at the counter for you on the 24th!)
*Linking to Lil’ Luna