Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Typography Graphic on Milk Paint

The beauty of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is it's versatility, although my favourite look is an aged, distressed and 'chippy' look, with this little 3 drawer unit I wanted to create something dramatic out of a very plain piece of furniture.  
It was really solid, all the drawers were 'perfect runners' obviously the knobs had to go!
When searching for inspiration I always leave the piece in a very prominent place where I will see it lots, it works every time, sometimes sooner than others - with this piece it was quite quickly that I honed in on the very flat front and that the drawers fitted so snugly, it was perfect for adding a graphic - so I went straight over to the Graphics Fairy where I found this beauty! I wanted to fill as much of the front of the unit as possible for the biggest impact.
I painted the top and the back rail in 'Typewriter' using the bonding agent as I had decided I wanted a smooth and 'non-distressed' finish. 1st coat with Bonding Agent - 2nd coat without Bonding Agent, once it was dry I used the Hemp Oil to finish it and I gave it a couple more coats of Hemp Oil, leaving it to sink in each time, Hemp Oil is such a wonderful product it really brings a richness to the Milk Paint, and at the same time giving it a lovely durable finish.
The main body of the unit I painted in the colour 'Linen' this is a really lovely creamy white colour, again I used the Bonding Agent, and I gave it 2 top coats after the initial coat using the Bonding Agent. I left it a couple of days before handing over to my daughter Laura to work her magic on the graphic, which she did using the overhead projector method.
I 'ummed and ahhed'  over which knobs to use, trying crystal and pain black, but in the end I plumped for the small 30mm wooden ones which I painted in Linen to match the base colour, this I thought would not detract from the graphic.
I was so pleased with the finished piece, and even more pleased when I sold it on the 1st day of the Antiques Fair!
Lots more projects on the way.
Bye for now.


  1. Over the top perfection - just gorgeous!!!

  2. Lovely, wish I could transfer graphics like that- your daughter is very clever!

  3. Hey!
    You left out the part where you added the little brackets to the legs!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous and I'm going to share this on my Facebook page.

  5. I'm not surprised it sold straight away CJ, it's just gorgeous. You always seem to come up with the perfect makeover for each piece. I guess that's due to your leaving each piece in a prominent place till you come up with something - great idea.

  6. I really love this piece! I've just had some graphite colour paint arrive. I'm inspired to try something similar. Thank you :-)

  7. Beautiful! If I'd done that I wouldn't be able to part with it. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. you've really done a magic! congratulations for the excellent result!

  9. This is so beautiful! No wonder it sold immediately! I found your blog through Karen's (The Graphics Fairy) and will be following, looking forward to more beautiful inspiration! Hugs, Leena

  10. Saw this on The Graphics Fairy and just had to say how beautiful it is ... I wish I could paint letters like that ... It's really a work of art!

  11. What a transformation, it's fab!