This week at WhisperWood Cottage is all about projects. I've got a ton of 'em that I've been working on. Today's project is about transforming this pair of child's chairs that I found recently on a junking adventure. The orange-y dated finish was not trippin' my design trigger, and I wanted to try something that I had never tried before...milk paint.
I had heard of milk paint before but never really knew much about it. According to milkpaint.com, "The oldest painted surfaces on earth were colored with a form of milk paint. Cave drawings and paintings made 8,000 years ago, even as old as 20,000 years ago, were made with a simple composition of milk, lime, and earth pigments."
When I think of milk paint, I think of east coast cottages with their historic New England furniture. I thought I'd try the stuff and see if I could bring a little New England flavor to this mid-western cottage. I used Coastal Blue water-based milk paint from Rockler to transform the finish on this child's chair as shown below.
CHILD'S CHAIR MAKEOVER
IN COASTAL BLUE MILK PAINT
- 1 vintage wooden child's chair
- Painter's Pyramid Finishing Turntable from Rockler Woodworking
- Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler Woodworking
- 60-grit sanding sponge for Norton Sanding Bug
- 100-grit sanding sponge for Norton Sanding Bug
- 150-grit sanding sponge for Norton Sanding Bug
- Tack cloth
- Coastal Blue water-based milk paint from Rockler
- Foam brushes from Rockler Woodworking
|STEP 1: I gathered all my supplies.|
|STEP 2: In preparation for sanding, I used a hammer to hammer in any nails that were sticking out.|
|STEP 3: I sanded all surfaces of the chair using the Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler. I started with the heaviest grit...the 60-grit sanding sponge (blue).|
|STEP 7: I opened the milk paint and stirred it with the stir stick.|
|STEP 8: I placed the chair on the Painter's Pyramid turntable so that I could spin the chair and get every angle during the painting process.|
STEP 9: I applied a single solid coat of Coastal Blue milk paint on the entire chair using a foam brush.
On the left is the original chair finish. On the right is the chair after a solid coat of Coastal Blue milk paint was applied. I looooved the rich finish, but it seemed a bit too solid and new-looking for me, so....
|STEP 10: Using the heavy grit sponge (blue) on the Norton Sanding Bug, I sanded back parts of the chair to give a well-loved and distressed look. This included the edges...|
|...the top of the chair, and...|
Now, this child's chair has a cozy new home in the living room as a side table for reading materials and a warm cup of cocoa in the upcoming fall and winter month. Anyone care to join me?
UPDATE: Based on questions left in the comments, here are some extra details..
- PRIMER? I did not use any primer on this project. I wanted an authentic milk paint effect.
- WHAT DID I THINK OF THE MILK PAINT? I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the can and saw the deep, rich color of the Coastal Blue. At that point, I couldn't wait to start painting. Rockler's milk paint was high quality. I am happy with the outcome and will definitely be using it on future projects.
- MUST-HAVE #1: That Painter's Pyramid Turntable from Rockler is the bee's knees! I tend to miss portions of my painting projects because of all the angles. With the turntable, the project spins while you stay in place. Whoever invented it is brilliant.
- MUST-HAVE #2: I've raved about it before, but the Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler has changed my "I hate sanding" attitude to "Sanding is a breeze." See? Even sanding can be easy and breezy!