Friday, 28 February 2014

Trophy & Apron Strings Milk Paint Bureau

This bureau was given to me last Autumn by a very dear friend who was clearing lots of furniture from his parents house - lucky me - I will have more pieces to show at a later date!
The outside is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - 'Trophy' (one of  the  colours of the month for March) and the inside with 'Apron Strings'  - now, I love the vibrant pinky coral of 'Apron Strings' but I don't have that perfect piece to paint at present  - so I went for the next best thing which was to have it inside this 'cute' bureau.
I also painted the drawer knobs with 'Apron Strings' and decoupaged some filigree card over the top and painted it with 'Trophy' to bring it all together.
I completely forgot to take a 'before' picture, however I did take a few shots as I prepared it ready for painting, which gives you an idea of what it looked like before.  I took out the 'cubby hole' section  to make it easier to paint, I just eased out the pins which were holding it in place and it slid out nicely.
This is how I painted the narrow side edges - I feathered in towards the inside, and got a lovely clean line between the two paint colours, no spots or splodges at all!
Once I applied two coats of each colour, I gave it a generous coat of hemp oil, you can see here the difference it makes when you apply the hemp oil, it brings the colour and the paint to 'life'!

I didn't add any bonding agent as I was open to any chipping that may happen... which actually didn't happen, but as I only applied two thin coats I did get a lovely 'worn' look and you can almost see the wood grain through the Milk Paint - a look you can really only get with Milk Paint.
After giving the hemp oil a good buffing, I have decided I am going to ponder on whether I want to add the white wax onto the 'Trophy' to give it all a little bit of a faded  look - I will leave the inside just with the hemp oil, as I love the vibrancy that 'pops' out when you open the drawers or front cover.
All in all I think these two colours really compliment each other and it's given me lots of ideas for pairing together some of the other colours in the MMSMP line - so many lovely colours!
CJ, Juniper & Roses
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