This little magazine table is one I picked up at an estate sale. She wasn’t much to look at, but I couldn’t pass up those intricate cut outs and the sweet, little scallops running along the top and bottom. (Being we have three little girls, I tend to notice these things) 😉
It was in pretty rough condition, as far as appearance goes… water stains, scuffs and scratches, but the bones were in great condition. Plus, I have been wanting to try out a “chippy” piece using milk paint and this table seemed the perfect candidate!
For this project, I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Apron Strings. This color is similar to an apricot, with undertones of pinks and yellows. It is such a sweet shade of pink and the perfect color for those delicate, little scallops.
For this table, I wanted it to be a bit “chippy,” so I decided to forgo the bonding agent and get right to painting. However… milk paint can be very surprising, you never know exactly what you are going to get. This randomness is one of the things people love so much about milk paint… the chipping is often times unpredictable and sporadic… but this?! This was a bit more that I was hoping for! Plus, you could still see that giant water ring!
So… I grabbed my sandpaper and began scraping away the excessive chippiness. Once I had all of the pieces flaked away and smoothed over, I mixed up another batch of milk paint (this time with the bonding agent) and went right back to work. The table top still has some texture to it, due to the initial layer of chipping, but because I wanted a more rustic and primitive feel for this table, I was ok with this.
Once the table had dried overnight, and the “chipping” situation was under control, I gave it a quick dry and wet distress, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that a few areas took to chipping, despite the bonding agent! However, this time, it was the perfect amount and in all the right places! I finished her up with a coat of Annie Sloan’s Soft Clear Wax + Dark Wax and then added a couple new knobs from Hobby Lobby. Done!
I just love how it turned out! Wouldn’t this be THE.SWEETEST in a shared bedroom for sisters?? I can just picture it now between two Jenny Lind beds, each with their own set of books on each side? If only my girl’s shared a room again…
And of course, there is an added surprise when you open the drawer 🙂