I have the best accountant ever.
He never speaks down to me, he takes the time
to explain what I need to know and the best (and also the worst) thing—
he chases me for paperwork so I make deadlines.
Based in Adelaide, David Maher, the man behind Beam Accounting has clients
throughout Australia and internationally. Give him a call. He's awesome.
I had two calls from him last week. And another two last month.
I think there was another before that.
And a couple emails.
Sooooo yes...I'm a bit behind.
I blame the home office renovation, but I can only use that
as an excuse for so long.
And frankly, he doesn't care. Nor should he.
This in mind, I jumped onto Gumtree this weekend
and found myself a $5 file cabinet.
So Monday morning, tax deadline looming,
I cannot put it off any longer, I need to unpack my files
but I need that file cabinet—and white laminate isn't going to cut it.
I get started with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's
Milk Paint in Curio to fake a wood grain,
To make it stick to the laminate surface, I added
a 1:1 ratio of Bonding Agent to Milk Paint.
The one I bought was in much worse shape.
Honestly...hardly worth the $5.
And I forgot to take a before photo?!
(Have you had that Gumtree experience? You see something online and think, "that'll work"
you go to pick it up and it's much worse than what you expect, but you buy it anyway
so as not to put the person out? Or am I just a sucker?)
dry quickly and knowing it would be layered,
I didn't mind if some areas and patches were still wet
when adding the next colour... Apron Strings.
This goes against what I tell my clients and teach at Workshops,
I recommend giving furniture time!
It's an important step in using natural paints.
However, I was on a mission.
So I kept on painting like a madwoman.
and mixed up a gorgeous brick red using MMSMP in Tricycle and Curio.
Kinda love this custom colour.
This is often the case with Milk Paint.
There can be a number of boring or even ugly stages along the way.
I find it important to enjoy the journey.
But not today....Today I needed to:
Get. It. Done.
This means I hardly waited until this layer dried before sanding.
I varied the use of sandpaper from 80 grit through to 240
exposing the Curio and Apron Strings and pulling through
some of the original colour.
a quick coat of Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax,
I waited about five minutes then used 240 sandpaper to sand
the Wax in before polishing to the silkiest, smooth finish you can imagine!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as
I enjoyed working on it...and avoiding the paperwork!
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