I took off for a weekend last month just to try and recall the whole year. All of the places and all of the faces, wonderin’ where they all disappeared. – Jimmy Buffet
Jimmy Buffet didn’t ponder the question too long, he was hungry and went out for bite, ran into a chum with a bottle of rum and they wound up drinking all night. But I thought I’d ponder it a little bit longer and skip the drinking all night part, reflecting back on the pieces I painted in 2016. It’s always fun to look back and remember some favorites.
I painted the book page dresser way back in January 2016.
It’s painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Marzipan. I used pages from an old Swedish bible to fill in spots of missing veneer and I also used them in the library card catalogue style pulls. The aged book pages worked beautifully with the almond color of the Marzipan.
The spoon carved dresser that I painted in June definitely belongs on my favorites list for 2016.
And hey, it’s also painted in Marzipan. Perhaps I like that color more than I realized. I highlighted the spoon carving with a brighter white, and I really like the way it was emphasized in a subtle way.
I have to include the bed bench from Belgium on my list. Obviously I loved it enough to keep it, so that says a lot right there.
I purchased the bench at a garage sale after my friend Meggan spotted it and sent me a text. I wasn’t necessarily planning to keep it, and I wasn’t really looking for a bench for my house, but it turned out so fab that I knew it was meant to be. It’s painted in a mix of Miss Mustard Seed whites (Ironstone, Linen and Grain Sack).
So far all of these pieces have a few things in common. They are all shades of white, they are all painted in milk paint, and none of them have a significant top coat. Huh? What did I just say? Yep, no top coat.
Last year I played around with not using a top coat over milk paint. As is true with most things these days, there are all kinds of differing opinions about this. I’d like to first point out that I am not an expert! I think it would be more accurate to call me an experimenter instead. As it turns out, I like the look of the lighter shades of milk paint better without a top coat. And I’m finding that the milk paint holds up quite well without a topcoat. It may wear a bit more, but I’m trying to achieve a worn look so that’s a bonus for me. I will say that if you need to be able to ‘wash’ the surface of your piece you will need a top coat. I certainly wouldn’t attempt a milk paint tabletop without a top coat.
Not all of my favorites from last year were white though. This pretty little french desk was painted in a 50/50 mix of Miss Mustard Seed’s Trophy and Schloss.
I used a Little Billy Goat goat stick in Gold Leaf to add some gold to the details.
And not all of my favorites were painted in milk paint. The the l.b.d., or little black dresser, was painted in Little Billy Goat’s Old Pickup.
For some reason I didn’t have high expectations for this dresser, but I absolutely loved it when it was done. The black body paired with the pale wood top and the simple touch of the Parisian address stencil were perfect.
And just in case you thought I’d forgotten to add a little color last year, this pretty little charmer was painted in one of my favorite Fusion colors, Inglenook.
I painted several pieces in this color last year, it’s such a pretty subtle pale aqua.
So how about you, did you have a favorite among the pieces I painted last year? Are you a fan of color? Or white? Or black?
Here’s to another year and hopefully lots more painted furniture!