I’m arriving home from my trip to Norway and Scotland this evening, but it may take me a few days to recover from the jet lag and get back into the furniture painting groove.
But in the meantime, I’m sharing this pretty little dressing table that I painted just before I left.
Isn’t it sweet?
I debated keeping the painted flowers on the drawer, but in the end I just didn’t want to work with that color scheme of greens and oranges. Instead, the Homestead House milk paint color I chose for this piece is called Stone Fence. It’s a lovely pale greige. If you hold it up next to a warmer color it looks quite grey, but if you compare it to a cooler grey it looks quite beige. It’s one of those great colors that blends well with anything.
I followed my normal procedure with this piece. I sanded it lightly, cleaned it with TSP Substitute and then painted it with two coats of Stone Fence. I followed up with two coats of Homestead House Limestone on the details (much like I did with the Gatineau table). I did notice some areas starting to chip before I added the Limestone, but not anything excessive. However as I added the Limestone once again I could see that more of that color was going to chip off.
I decided to keep an open mind and just keep going. So I sanded to distress and knock off any flaking paint, then I went over the whole piece with my shop vac. At that point I had quite a bit of chipped paint on the Limestone details, but still only mild chipping of the Stone Fence.
That’s where I probably made a wrong turn. I decided to add a coat of General Finishes Flat out Flat. I thought it would seal the piece to prevent further chipping. I’ve used it over milk paint before and had good results.
But this time I couldn’t have been more wrong. As the Flat Out Flat dried, it lifted even more paint including the Stone Fence! In addition, for some reason the top of the dressing table got very streaky looking. I don’t have an explanation for this, but am just sharing my experience. I’d say use caution if you ever decide to add Flat Out Flat over milk paint.
So hold on to your hat Betty, this one got really super chippy!
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Betty is one of my readers who isn’t terribly fond of my chippy pieces. I once accused her of being my mother using an alias because my mom also can’t imagine why anyone in their right mind would want a chippy piece of furniture. I am very slowly trying to win Betty over to my side, but I’m betting she’s not going to like this one!
As you can see in this next photo, the sides and legs of the dressing table didn’t chip nearly as much as the front.
I know that there are fans of the chippy look out there that will love it, even though this look isn’t for everyone.
Although technically this piece is a dressing table, or perhaps could be considered a small desk, it’s really quite petite. I think it would make a perfect bedside table instead. It would have plenty of room for your alarm clock, some bedtime reading material and possible a reading lamp.
So what do you think? Is super chippy for you?