Once February rolls around and the novelty of winter has long worn off, I start hoping spring is just around the corner. I guess this is coming through in my furniture.
My last few restyles have been inspired by a spring or beach weathered look.
Here’s my latest Craigslist Spring Makeover… adorable right!
As we discussed in my last post, working with this powdered paint can be challenging at times. This very piece gave me a bit of a headache because I rushed the process and ended up with a blotchy mess.
But (and whenever you hear a “but” – what it really means is disregard everything I just said because what I’m about to say is MORE important!), I really like that you can achieve so many different looks with this medium.
To get this spring look, I layered the milk paint.
I won’t get into a lengthy how-to tutorial because the steps for layering are the same as White Washing Furniture. And if you’re new to milk paints or have ever had trouble mixing them, you can also get My 6 tips For Mixing Milk Paint here.
For this vintage dresser, I painted the base coat in Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky and then layered on a few coats of a watered down Grain Sack.
These two MMS colors really compliment each other nicely!
The layered wash adds beautiful dimension and tone.
On a side note, I wanted to use the last of my Valentine’s flowers for staging even though they’re wilting! Am I the only one who prefers pink roses over red?!
I added Bonding Agent but the milk paint still did it’s own unpredictable thing.
I’m okay with that.
The chippy areas add to the authentic vintage look. I also wet-distressed a lot of the dresser to tie in with the chippy and add a softer aged element. You just kind of have to go with the flow…lol.
Along with the updated color and simple stark white knobs, I added a funky drawer liner.
What do you think of this layering milk paint technique? Also, anyone have any tips on how to keep your roses lasting longer? Feel free to leave a comment or question… I always love hearing from you – it makes my day! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!
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