I often think, if everybody knew about Chalk Paint and Milk Paint, nobody would ever throw away another thing again.
My husband found this solid timber (weighs a TON) gorgeous Made-in-Malaysia beauty roadside and didn't waste time even texting me a photo (well-trained).
I'm sure its owner somewhat understandably thought, "Ick. Dated and dreadful." Asked around and no friends or family wanted it...and out to the curb side it went!
Yay for me!
together on something and this seemed the perfect fit.
I removed the table top from the base, mixed some gorgeous Eulalie's Sky and got crackin'!
It doesn't happen often, but the next morning I woke up and knew the table wanted something else.
Although the legs looked stunning in Eulalie's...it asked for Tricycle instead...
I'm a bit of a kamikaze painter and rarely measure.
(I'm working on this so I can be more helpful in this area. )
It was about 1/4 cup each of water and Milk Paint with a heaping
teaspoon (maybe closer to a tablespoon) of Typewriter.
I gave it a good mix and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Tricycle is one of the colours with larger pigments and it can take a little more time to dissolve.
I wanted opaque coverage for the base and a bit of time gave me that.
An equal amount of Bonding Agent was added so the paint would adhere and off I went to paint...again!
I was able to start the second coat once I'd finished the first!
Next up was Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax.
I sanded the table top back to reveal a gorgeous "pieced" detailing.
This took a bit of work (more than all the painting and waxing that's for sure!)
The stain and varnish was thick and very, very shiny and stubborn.
The photo above is nearing the end.
The photo below is after the final sanding to clean it up and smooth out the finish.
This happened with a hand sander and coarse sandpaper.
The edges were sanded by hand.
I finished off with fine sandpaper using 220 grit by hand.
No Bonding Agent necessary as with raw wood the paint worked like a stain.
I brushed it on and let it soak into the grain.
The wood was so thirsty there wasn't much to wipe off.
Next up is the best stuff in the world....No really!
It's no secret I'm a HUGE fan of Hemp Oil (see my other posts).
I brushed on the first coat and the table came to life — which of course means I forgot to take a photo...
With Hemp Oil in particular, I believe each piece tells you how much it wants. After the first coat, the top was a little rough to the touch (the grain was raised from the Milk Paint wash). So I applied a second coat and wet-sanded it in.
This means I brushed the Hemp Oil on and then right away used 220grit sandpaper to work the oil into the grain. I let it sit, then wiped it down...amazing! The tabletop was like silk to the touch.
I've learned with Hemp Oil that sometimes letting it rest changes things a bit. Although the table was finished, I let it sit for a couple days allowing it to mellow and cure, then checked it again.
It was PERFECT!
But, because I don't know who its new owner is yet or how it will be used, I brushed on a third coat of Hemp Oil, let it sit and buffed in the oil for soft, mellow water-resistant and food -safe finish!
Last step? Put that gorgeous new top back onto its stunning new base. The perfect pair.
I've gone into detail to try and help anyone out there that might need the direction,
but I may have left out some vital information,
so just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.