I grabbed this little stool a while back when I saw it at a garage sale.
I love to buy small pieces like this to paint. They are fun, quick little projects that bring a lot of satisfaction with just a little bit of effort.
They are also perfect projects for milk paint beginners. So if you’re thinking about trying milk paint for the first time, look for something like this to experiment on.
I mixed up about 1/4 cup of Homestead House milk paint in a color called Upper Canada Green. If you’re a Miss Mustard Seed milk paint fan, this color is quite similar to her Luckett’s Green. I like to let my milk paint ‘simmer’ (I say simmer, but no heat or cooking is involved) a bit to be sure all of the pigments have had time to dissolve. This is especially important with the greens. So while I was letting the mixed paint sit for a bit, I sanded the stool and then wiped it down with TSP substitute. I was trying to avoid getting too much chipping that would show that white paint underneath.
My efforts paid off because I didn’t get any chipping at all!
After two coats of paint and some drying time, I sanded lightly to distress the edges and then I added an Iron Orchid Designs furniture transfer.
This little stool is the perfect height to use for weeding your garden. I don’t know about you, but I’m at a certain age where I pay later for sitting, kneeling or bending over the garden for too long. So I like to use a little low stool when I’m gardening. It just makes it so much easier!
I added a topcoat of Homestead House furniture wax to this stool, but I’m second guessing that decision now. I’m not sure how well the wax will protect the rub-on from frequent sitting. I probably should have opted for a more durable sealer, but … well … hindsight is always 20/20.
At this point I would not try to put a water based topcoat over the wax. I don’t think it would adhere well or go on smoothly. I wish I hadn’t been quite so quick to add that wax! Live and learn, right?