In my plans for redoing our sitting room I really wanted to paint this tall jelly cabinet that we bought unfinished many years ago. I had always wanted to paint it, but just never got around to it.
So here is what it looked like before:
I decided on Miss Mustard Seed's Tricycle for the color. It is a nice bold red and since I have a lot of red accents in my house it seemed the best choice (even though there were so many pretty colors to choose from).
This is what it looked like when I mixed it up - 1:1 paint powder to water. I didn't have a good wire whisk to use to mix (like they recommend) but I put it in a mason jar and shook it really well, and then let it sit ten minutes.
|It seemed really bright when I first mixed it, but went on darker.|
It went on pretty smooth although there were a few bubbles (probably from my shaking) and it only took one coat to get the look I wanted. I wanted the wood grain to show through. If I had done a second coat it probably would have been more opaque.
It only took about 30 minutes to dry and start looking "chippy." So, I scraped the chippy spots lightly with a plastic scraper.
Once I had all the chippy spots off I used Miss Mustard Seed's antiquing wax to darker the whole thing up. I really feel like this gave the cabinet that aged look that I was going for. It went from looking new to looking like it really could have been in an old farmhouse.
So here is what the cabinet looked like after:
It was a simple, easy transformation and it only took me about an hour total. Now, that's my kind of project!
Here's a side by side before and after:
After this project I was looking around thinking "what else can I paint with milk paint?!" It was really easy and fun.