Like most people, my style is a work in progress because most of our furniture has been given to us. I’m sure you can relate to my design struggle. Either furniture has been given to you or you picked something out and when you got home it just didn’t go with the rest of your decor. I would like to say my style is farmhouse, maybe even industrial farmhouse but most of our furniture doesn’t match that style. That’s where Old Fashioned Milk Paint saves the day. With milk paint I can give almost any piece a farmhouse furniture makeover.
I’m really excited to work with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. on this farmhouse fun post. They did provide me with product in order to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™ and they will provide the winner with a prize package.
I have been eying Pitch Black by Old Fashioned Milk Paint for a while now. I love the combo of the dark paint with wood tones still showing. Every time I’ve seen Pitch Black used before I loved how black the paint really is. Black is a hard one to get right and the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. definitely got it right.
Farmhouse Side Table Makeover
Recently, a family friend was cleaning out a storage unit and asked if I would be interested in some furniture. Absolutely yes, is what I always say, but I also make sure to tell them if they want help refinishing it to match their style I am happy to help. This time around they actually took me up on it and I’m helping them with some side tables and headboard. You have no idea how excited that makes me!
This side table was a keeper but didn’t match my style. With my floors already giving off a warm/orange vibe I have to be careful with what wood tones I bring in with furniture. Here’s what she looked like before:
And here are the previous drawer pulls.
There’s not a thing wrong with this side table. In my house though, it would have blended right in with the floor. I was so excited with the prospect of using Pitch Black and creating a farmhouse furniture look for this piece.
What I used:
- Pitch Black Old Fashioned Milk Paint
- Extra Bond
- Cleaning solution (I typically use bleach and water in a spray bottle)
- Industrial paper towels or clean cloth
- Paint brush
- AFM Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish,
- 22o grit sandpaper
A Farmhouse Furniture Makeover
Prep work: Just like every project I start by cleaning the piece. You want to clean off more than dust on the surface. Furniture collects oils and it’s important to get those to lift off. I use water in a spray bottle and add a couple of capfuls of bleach. That has been successful for me and I have noticed a huge difference in paint adhesion if I forget this step. You can use other cleaners, especially if you are looking for a more “green” option. Just as long as you can lift those oils. I also did a light sanding with 22o grit sandpaper. With milk paint you want to sand where you want you paint to stick when you go through the “chipping” process.
Painting: I mixed 1/8th of a cup of powder with 1/8th of a cup of water. I then mixed in Extra Bond according to the instructions. I don’t think this piece would have needed it with the sanding I did but it’s going to be used as a coffee table where people might put their feet on it so I wanted it to be secure. When I added the Extra Bond it seemed to make the black not as black so I did sprinkle in a little extra Pitch Black powder, but not much, I’m not even sure it needed it. Be sure to mix your paint with a stir stick every 5 minutes or so to keep your Extra Bond from settling to the bottom. If this happens you will start to get streaks when you come to the end of your paint. I used all of the paint I mixed up and still wanted to brush on a little more in some areas so I mixed up 1 Tbsp for touch ups and used it by dry brushing in areas that seemed a little too thin. Other than that I only used 1 coat!!
Protecting: I decided to use AFM Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish, especially with the top getting so much traffic. I was shocked that I used so little of this finish! I poured a tiny bit into a plastic cup and barely used even that! Don’t be shocked when there’s a milky look to it, just be sure to brush on thin and in even strokes. As it dries it will dry clear. It left a smooth surface but if you like the feel of wax you can still wax on top of this clear coat.
I thought about not painting the top but leaving the drawer face was the perfect touch. I also replaced the hardware with these porcelain pulls from Hobby Lobby. This beauty is now heading to Texas to live with my mom. So excited she has one of my pieces now. It was the perfect size for a coffee table in a space that gets a lot of walking traffic.
With new chippy paint and pulls this table has a fresh farmhouse feel!
This month I am participating with this piece in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™. The theme is Farmhouse Fun. You can see more Farmhouse Fun projects on the hosts’ sites Evey’s Creations and Anastasia Vintage.
If you are a blogger and interested in joining in on the contests each month you can email here: firstname.lastname@example.org – It has been such a fun experience trying new things!