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.
Lots more projects on the way.
Bye for now.