an antique cupboard in trophy milk paint with furniture wax
Work on my current project – an antique cupboard – is finished! When I last shared its progress, it was all painted in Trophy by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and was ready to be sealed. Here’s how I brought it across the finish line and gave it a fresh farmhouse style makeover!
sealing trophy milk paint with furniture wax
After applying 2 coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Trophy, the antique cupboard was ready to be topcoated.
To help me decide which topcoat to use, I consulted the owner of the cupboard. I asked her how hard she uses this piece and how often. She said she mostly kept dishes underneath and a few decorations on top, so that equates to medium-level use. That led me to pick buttery soft Furniture Wax for my topcoat.
If you’d like a handy guide to reference when choosing a topcoat, you can grab one from my Resource Library.
You can use a rag to apply Furniture Wax, but I find that more wax winds up on the cloth than on your piece if you use this method. Here’s a handy video to show you how to apply it:
As you apply the Furniture Wax, you’ll notice that the color of your Milk Paint will darken slightly.
When it comes to wiping away the excess, I like to use white rags that come in a box. You can find these in the paint aisle in your local hardware store.
staging the cupboard
Once the cupboard was sealed and dry, I set to staging it with farmhouse props.
What’s more farmhouse than an adorable piece of cow art?
This was the perfect piece for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint! It was old and the paint needed freshening up. Using an old style paint gave this cupboard the update it needed while still maintaining an old feel. The wet distressing was just the ticket to draw the eye to the shape of the piece and create the look of wear and tear.
The latch is one of my favorite parts!
The layers of paint are simply yummy.
the copper top
When the cupboard was first brought to me, it already had an incredible copper top on it. I carefully painted around this gorgeous metal detail, and it suits the shade of “Trophy” beautifully!
The cupboard is due to be picked up this weekend. I can’t wait to see the look on my client’s face when she sees its new makeover!