First things first, I drew five names at random from the comments left on Friday’s post and Susan, Cynthia, Wendy, Alison and Kim all won some samples of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I sent emails to all five winners, I know I have multiple readers with those first names, so if you didn’t get an email, I’m sorry to say you didn’t win.
But, keep in mind that you can still order 3 samples from Carver Junk Co for $18 with free shipping (use the code MILKPAINT), so I hope some of you will order some samples and give it a try even if you didn’t win.
Now, on with today’s post!
A while back (when the grass was still green and there were leaves on the trees) I picked up another small washstand.
I’ve painted quite a few of these over the years. They make awesome bedside tables. Initially that was my plan for this one, so I didn’t even include the towel rack that came with it in my ‘before’ photo.
That turned out to be unfortunate because a picture is worth a thousand words, and it will be so much easier to explain this with a photo so I borrowed a picture of a similar piece from the world wide web.
Freakishly tiny photo, but it shows a towel bar at the back that is very similar to the one on my piece.
Usually I just discard these towel bars. Much like mirrors on dressers, I feel like they hamper the versatility of the piece. You wouldn’t really want that towel bar on your nightstand for example.
But then I had an idea for this piece. I decided to make it into a coffee bar, and to turn the towel bar into a frame for a chalkboard. I asked Ken to remove the round dowel that went across the top and replace it with a piece of bead board instead.
Then he cut a piece of hardboard for the chalkboard and I painted it with Rustoleum’s black chalkboard paint.
Initially I was just going to paint the entire piece, after all, here is what the top looked like when I brought it home.
It was in pretty rough shape. But I love to pair a wood top with black paint, so I decided to try stripping it. After all, if it didn’t work out I could always paint it later.
I stripped it, sanded it down and then waxed it with Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax, and I’m so glad I did. It’s not perfect, but I still love the way it turned out.
I painted the rest of the piece in two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Typewriter. If you haven’t tried milk paint yet, I always recommend starting with the black. It’s so, so easy to use. It often covers in just one coat, and I probably could have gotten away with one here but I like my paint really opaque so I went with two. I never have any trouble with the pigments dissolving with the black either. Also, as you can see, it distresses beautifully leaving a gorgeous authentic looking aged finish.
And speaking of finish, I used Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil as my top coat over the black milk paint. If you are new to milk paint, keep in mind that it’s the hemp oil that gives the black this rich, deep color.
I cleaned up the original hardware by just scrubbing it with some dish washing soap and then I put it back on.
To give it a little bit of an industrial vibe I added some chunky black wheels. Somehow I thought it would be more functional to have a coffee bar that is easy to move around. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I thought that. For use at parties? In case you want coffee in bed? Well, they look cool and they do add a bit of height to the piece even if there isn’t really a need for them.
And in case you are wondering, yes, that is snow. Just enough to be pretty in the morning, but mostly melted by the afternoon.
I drew the chalkboard using the method I shared in my tutorial last week.
This coffee bar is the perfect size for your Keurig and all of your coffee making supplies.
After all, coffee is always a good idea!
Please check my ‘available for local sale’ page for details if you are local and in need of a coffee bar!