I have been having some fun with milk paint lately. There are some pieces that led itself to a really distressed look and it is so easy to accomplish with milk paint.
I picked up this oval music table a couple of weeks ago at an auction. It was beaten up but it was really cute.
It had some condition issues. The top surface was really rough, and it was wobbly.
One of the legs had a chunk of wood missing, contributing to the wobbliness.
And this leg had broken before and was not fixed properly. So first order of business? Re-break the leg. And re-glue it so it would be straight.
I used a couple of wood clamps to ensure it would be straight.
We used some wood putty to try to add structure to the leg that was missing the chunk of wood. This particular putty is pliable and can be easily sanded. We allowed the putty to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
We removed the legs because they all needed to be re-glued to the table.
We sanded the table to make it as even as possible. We wanted a distressed look so we didn't sand it completely smooth.
When we started painting, we flipped it over and found this. Things like this always make me wonder. Who was Edna? Why did she feel the need to put her name on the bottom of this table? How did she acquire this piece? How long did she own it? Was she a relative of the estate I from where I purchased it? Would she be upset that it is being painted? These are things I will never know but always make me think about the piece I am working on.
Well enough about Edna. The entire piece was coated with Rustoleum Milk Pain in the Highland Blue color. It goes on really well. We painted two coats on this piece.
After the second coat was dry, I used a 60 grit sandpaper to distress the entire piece.
I re-glued the legs to the table and this happened.
The leg with the wood putty cracked. It didn't come all the way off, so I re-glued it and clamped it with a wood clamp for 24 hours. I touched up the paint as well.
And this is how she looks now. I think milk paint and heavy distressing was the perfect choice for this table. It was in such bad shape that it actually enhances and highlights the imperfections—which only ads to the charm. This would look great on a porch or a sun room or any room that needs a dash of color and whimsy.
I think Edna would be pleased.
It also paired well with a repurposed trunk projected I just completed as well. You can see the trunk project here.
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