Who’s ready for a good ‘ol fashioned furniture makeover? I know I am and I have two gorgeous pieces to share with you today. They’ve both been painted in a gorgeous bespoke mixture of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint that I’m planning to use more often. I’ve deemed it “Putty” and here’s my recipe:
The ratio for my “Putty” color is equal parts, meaning that you mix the same amount of Marzipan and Schloss together. If you use 1/4 cup of Marzipan, then use 1/4 cup of Schloss too. Make sense?
I used my Putty blend on two fabulous pieces that are now available at Painted Table Designs. Here’s the first:
This pedestal table is made of the most gorgeous oak wood. Every bit of it is solid wood and boy is it heavy! When I bought this piece from Morgantown Market, it didn’t quite look like this.
What drew me in first were the empire style feet. The curve of them made me fall in love with the table and it had to be mine. I also liked the size of it. It’s just the right size for four people to sit around and have a good time.
The table came apart into two pieces and I worked on each separately down in the workshop. The base was painted separate from the top. I didn’t do any prep work at all! This piece was practically raw wood and didn’t have a finish on top.
I didn’t use any Bonding Agent because my Putty blend soaked right in and didn’t chip off at all. I would have been OK if it did. I decided to let Milk Paint do its thing on this piece, and it certainly did!\
It took three coats total to cover all of that dark wood. I probably could have gotten away with two, but there were some spots that needed more coverage and I wanted to make sure the color was rich and opaque.
Painting the apron of the table required a steady hand and a pair of extra hands to flip the top upside down.
The top was so pretty all on its own so I decided not to do a whole lot to it. I gave it a light hand sanding with 150 grit sandpaper, wiped it clean, and then applied some of Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil. It soaked right in and hydrated the gorgeous oak on top. I also applied the Hemp Oil to the painted bits as well.
Brenda of Painted Table Designs has the table staged so pretty in her shop!
The Putty color blends well with the oak grain on top. The color of the oak is warm and it picks up on the same warm tones of the Marzipan and Schloss. Both of those colors are on the warm spectrum so it all works together.
Here’s a closer look at that grain on the top. Yummy, right?
And of course, here’s my favorite part…those curved empire feet!
This table is available for $324 at Painted Table Designs if you’re interested!
In addition to the oak pedestal table, I snagged a china cabinet from The Old Mill Property, which is an antique co-op next door to Morgantown Market. I bought it from a vendor that has spaces at both locations. I think I’ve purchased 3 or 4 of her large hutch-type pieces over the past few months, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. She has a great eye!
I don’t have the “before” photo any more, but here’s what it looked like during the painting process.
It was your typical wood cabinet and it had fretwork on the glass doors. Fretwork is decorative wood overlay that is typically found on glass doors of cabinets from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. Here’s an example of fretwork on my Milk Paint display cabinet at Morgantown Market:
It’s really beautiful and it adds quite a bit of character to a piece. Unfortunately, the fretwork on my cabinet had split badly over time and it was practically falling apart. I would have to remove it if I wanted to paint it, and it was falling apart in my hands as I worked to get it off. In the end, I had to scrap it.
I did scuff this piece with 100 grit sandpaper to give Milk Paint a surface it could adhere to. I also used wood filler to patch a few spots that had chipped veneer. This piece also required three coats of my custom Putty blend to get full coverage. To be fair, I did paint with a light hand because I didn’t want to get any drip marks on the beautifully carved details.
I distressed the edges and high points and then sealed everything with Hemp Oil. (Do you sense a pattern here?)
I decided to leave the inside natural because I thought it would provide a nice background for gorgeous white dishes.
Which is exactly how Brenda staged it in her shop!
The curve of the drawer on the bottom just kills me. It’s such a sweet touch!
And the handles?! To die for.
This piece is available at Painted Table Designs for $290 if you’re interested. It would look amazing with some ironstone inside or even as a store display piece!
So what do you think? Are you ready to try my Putty blend?