an exceptionally cold Winter.
We had the coldest night in Adelaide in 130 years!
So seeing the sun drove me outside in a fit of "PaintingMania"
to feel the sun, get some vitamin D & work on some outdoor furniture.
Can you say Spring Fever?!
A good friend gave it to me & it has been painted
nearly every shade in the rainbow over the years.
I think the paint may be what has held it together in the tough Australian sun!
This was its latest state.
Notice the chipping, peeling paint, the bit of wood rot on the arms & the foot rest.
The paint was peeling pretty bad on the seat as well.
Have I ever mentioned how lazy I am?
I hate sanding & any sort of prep.
That's why the MIRACLE that is Autentico Chalk Paint &
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint was (without sounding too melodramatic)...life changing!
The only preparation I took on this chair before painting
was running a broom over it to remove the GIANT cobwebs & dead critters.
Then I ran a damp rag over it. That's it. I didn't even scrape the chipping paint off
other than what came off with the broom & rag.
So this girl got the Chalk Paint treatment (straight over this mess)
from a tin that was sitting nearby & she looked like this
before getting set aside for 3-4 months!
others bit brushed off as I was painting.
I don't mind, in fact I prefer, dings, knicks, dents etc... on my furniture,
so although I could've scraped out & filled the wood rot on the arms and on the footstool,
I left it alone and instead, painted heavily in those areas...almost filling them with paint.
She sat there, looking looking very yellow until one day
I took my Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint "leftovers" & mixed them all
together & got this stunning shade of lavender.
(Although I do not know exact measurements, the majority of the mix was Dried Lavender,
there was French Enamel involved & a smidge of Tricycle...my best advice on this is to experiment & play!)
so I decided to go with just one coat to allow the bleed-through.
I love experimenting, so I moved the chair outside onto the North-facing
porch & let her sit undercover but fairly exposed to the elements for about 4 months.
Unprotected from the rain, sun, wind...you name it.
Now that I've got what I want, I need to preserve it.
And today, with the sun shining & the air not freezing
for what seems like the first time in ages,
I grabbed my Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil & Brush and headed outside!
Heat and water resistant, the final step
in this Adirondack chair makeover
is brushing on Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil
to preserve & protect not only
the beautiful Milk Paint technique,
but also the timber of the chair itself.
By the way, I intend to repeat this process with
another piece to see if I can recreate
the aged/crackled look....or find out if it was just a lucky fluke!
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But before brushing on the the Hemp Oil,
I felt it needed one little addition. I added a stencil down the center & once it dried, I finished with Hemp Oil
for this gorgeous end result.