Before we get on with today’s regularly scheduled blog post, I promised to report back on how long it took the sell the ‘young at heart’ green dresser that I posted on Monday. I was a little nervous about painting it in the vibrant green of Fusion’s Park Bench and wasn’t at all sure how easily the piece would sell in that color. Well, I posted it on Craigslist on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday evening I had two potential buyers expressing an interest in the dresser. The first buyer in line showed up on Wednesday and bought it! So if you’ve been hesitating about painting something in Park Bench (or perhaps some other more vibrant color) I say go for it. I’m starting to think that I might just start painting everything green!
I also want to share the story of selling it. The buyer was a young woman furnishing her new apartment. She loved the dresser and promptly handed over the cash. But when we went to load it into her vehicle it was just a hair too wide to fit. Flipping it up on its side wouldn’t work either. Mr. Q and I don’t usually deliver my pieces, but on a whim we offered to load it into our van and follow her home with it. After all, we didn’t have plans for the rest of the evening and she had mentioned she lived in Minneapolis so I knew we wouldn’t be going all that far. So we loaded it up and headed out. Turned out that she lives in a huge old mansion just off Hennepin Ave that has been sectioned off into apartments. The foyer had the most gorgeous original hex tile floor, beautiful oak wainscoting with a stunning arts and crafts style wallpaper above. The apartment was full of old leaded glass windows, a built in china hutch in the dining room, gorgeous original wood floors. Even the radiators were amazing.
It’s so fun to get to see where the dresser ended up and to know that it’s going to look amazing in that space.
But enough with the green dresser, let’s move on. Today I thought we could talk about aging British rockers.
No, no, not that kind of rocker, this kind …
Although I will admit that I am a Rod Stewart fan, after all blondes do have more fun. I especially like his more recent Great American Songbook recordings and I often listen to those while painting.
But seriously, this post is about that 2nd rocker. You might be wondering what makes it British, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
I picked up this aging rocker at a garage sale last summer. I have found that I really enjoy painting these little chairs. They are perfect for an afternoon project, and also as a way to try out new paint colors, or conversely use up the little bit that’s left of some already well-loved colors.
In this case I pulled out my bin of milk paint.
Am I the only one with a bin of milk paint? These are all of the opened and partially used bags of milk paint that I have. Let’s face it, those zip lock tops are really hard to get sealed back up again properly and I store my milk paint in my somewhat damp basement so I need to make sure that it is kept dry. I used to store each individual opened bag of milk paint inside another gallon sized Ziploc storage bag but that got to be cumbersome, so now I store them all in this plastic bin with a tightly fitted lid.
I pulled out a few colors, Eulalie’s Sky, Luckett’s Green and Flow Blue (all Miss Mustard Seed) to mix together and see what I could come up with for the rocker. The first batch I mixed ended up far more blue than I wanted. I think it was the Flow Blue that threw it off. So I went back to the drawing board and mixed 3 T Eulalie’s Sky with 1 T of the Luckett’s, leaving out the Flow Blue altogether. That combo was far too green. So I simply added in some of the previously mixed ‘too blue’ paint one teaspoon at a time until I had the color I wanted.
I’m calling this one British Rocker Mint. Isn’t it pretty?
I once posted a piece painted in a mix of milk paint colors like this and someone commented that it was a bit much to expect people to go out and buy three bags of milk paint to paint one piece of furniture. Yes, I totally agree. I don’t mean to imply that you need to do that. What I am suggesting is that you can use up your left over milk paint in a similar way.
If you don’t have enough of any one color to paint an entire piece of furniture, mix a few of your leftovers together and see what you can come up with.
Now, back to that aging British rocker.
The only prep I did on this piece was to wipe it down with a damp rag. I was feeling pretty flexible about any amount of chipping I might get. There were spots of pre-existing shiny finish, but there were also lots of areas where the existing finish was completely dried out and I knew the milk paint would adhere well in those spots.
I got great coverage with British Rocker Mint. I did use two coats, but I prefer a more opaque finish. Once dry, I sanded lightly to remove any loose flakes of paint. I followed that up with vacuuming away and dust and further flakes of paint. Then I finished with a coat of Fusion clear wax (same as Miss Mustard Seed clear wax).
Oh, and I almost forgot … what is it that makes this an aging British rocker?
Well, it’s the portion of an IOD transfer that I added to the seat before I added the wax.
This section of transfer was left over from the IOD Gilded Gander transfer that I used on the handmade hutch last year. This leftover bit fit perfectly on the seat of the rocker, and gave it a little British style.
This was definitely a project that was good for using up some left overs!
And the end result is an aging British rocker even more adorable than Rod Stewart!