This project started with an innocent trip to the shop to restock paint... little did I know there was this gorgeous beauty sulking in the corner just waiting to be spotted by the likes of me!
I immediately had a vision for this dresser the moment I saw it. I called Toni and told him he'd have to come pick it up as soon as possible, like yesterday if he could! He's such a good guy, he barely complains about all my furniture projects and doesn't mind having to be the guy to pick them up. He's a keeper for sure!!
I mixed up some of that custom greige I made a few months back and while I waited for all the pigments and colors to dissolve, I lightly sanded all the flat surfaces where I knew I didn't want the paint to chip off. I usually only spend about 10 minutes prepping my pieces and that includes sanding, wiping and dusting! I don't have a ton of patience for prep work but I know that it is necessary to get a good end result. 10 minutes of sanding and cleaning with some heavy elbow grease cuts back on a lot of "fix it work" later.
Once everything was sanded that I wanted I separated just enough mixed Milk Paint for the first coat and added equal amounts of Bonding Cream. Bonding cream improves adhesion. This means it will make your Milk Paint stick to anything, glass, plastic, pumpkins, metal, all those shiny pre-finished surfaces! Bonding Cream. It's your best friend.... if you want to prevent the chipping that is. Just to clarify, Bonding Cream improves adhesion on all non porous surfaces, these are your previously finished furniture items, glass, plastic, metal, anything that isn't "thirsty" for water. Milk Paint adheres and absorbs into porous surfaces, raw wood, masonry, clay pots, anything that is "thirsty". I'm not sure if that makes sense to you guys, but it helps me. If I consider the surface as thirsty like it will absorb water poured on it, or repel it, I can have a better judgement of if I need to use Bonding Cream. I'm not willing to give up total control here! 😳🙈😜
This is with the first coat of Milk Paint, you can see the variation in coverage. It's not great. Just wait for the second coat to go on, since Milk Paint absorbs into porous surfaces it will just soak right into the first coat of Milk Paint and you'll see a complete difference and your faith will be restored! Seriously though, I was so excited at this point I could hardly wait for the paint to dry! But it was getting cold outside and dinner was ready so I have to wait till the morning to finish.
Unfortunately I actually had to wait till the day after since it was Halloween and we had 2 parades to attend for 3 kids at two different schools! Sometimes I don't know how we do this!
I applied my second coat of Milk Paint and used an artist brush to paint all these raised areas. I wasn't super careful not to get paint on the greige base, but I was careful enough to make sure it looks good and not janky. I like a little bit of imperfection but it still has to be professional. Know what I mean?? I did not add Bonding Cream to this part because I thought I wanted it chippy. Remember I said I thought because you're all going to call me crazy later. 😂
This! This is my favorite part of any project. My favorite tools ever, Troy, my scraper and a sanding block! I use Troy first and gently remove the flaking and chipping paint. I add a bit more distressing where I see fit by adding a bit more pressure to scrape the paint away. I think this adds a more authentic distressed finish than sanding. I then use my sanding block to lightly sand just to smooth out the finish and get that incredible velvety smooth feel that you can really only achieve with a true Milk Paint.
If you don't have a scraper, please go get one and give it a try, it is life changing guys!!!
So yeah, things look good here right? A bit of chipping and crazing... I'm thinking I love it! 😂😂😂
The paint is still drying...... there is more chipping to come!
I'm having serious second thoughts at this point. I have clear and dark waxed the entire piece so I decided to wait and see how I felt as time went on. I had an idea that kept itching in the back of my head from the first time I saw the dresser at the shop, but I usually like to stay in my comfort zone and this idea was WAY out of it! Like I said I decided to wait. Several days in fact. See that I'm missing a knob? Still can't find it.
It just wasn't working for me so I sanded all that white Milk Paint off and repainted it using Bonding Cream. I dug out this Iron Orchid Designs transfer I have had laying around for months and omg!!!!!!! I lavw it so much! 😍
Iron Orchid Designs has some absolutely stunning image transfers, stencils, decor molds. I could literally go on forever but instead I'm going to offer them on my website so you can all get everything you love in one easy place! Check for the bundle packs that include these for a special savings as well!