Old Fashioned Milk Paint July Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest   “Farmhouse Fun”!

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It’s been such a hot and humid summer so far on Long Island, but nothing could dampen my spirits when I finally received my Old Fashioned Milk Paint in the mail through participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! This month’s theme is “Farmhouse Fun”!

I have never worked with Milk Paint before and I had heard so many wonderful things about it, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The colors I chose were Slate and Light Cream. The packaging is totally adorable and they give you very detailed instructions on how to create the perfect milk paint finish! I love the little bags it comes in too!  You can mix up as much or as little as you need. It’s VOC free, and has no fumes or chemicals.  The product comes as a powder, and you mix it with warm water.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted a chippy finish or not on my piece and because milk paint lends itself to a more weathered finish,  I decided to also get the extra bond which helps the milk paint adhere to the surface much better.

Here is the color Slate in the powder form.

 This is the piece that I decided to use the  Old Fashioned Milk Paint on. My very dear friend gave it to me! It’s an unusual piece, sort of  writing desk/bar. I thought it would be the perfect style for the Farmhouse Fun theme! I finally decided I wanted to do a chippy, finish with a two-tone color with the wood coming through as well.

Is it a bar? Is it a desk? Who knows? But its fabulous nonetheless! I decided to show it being used for multiple uses. I was so excited to get started.


Here is the first coat of the Slate color with the bonding agent added. It goes on a little streaky, but after the second coat, it was fully covered. A little goes a long way.

First coat

Because it has been so humid, I had to bring it inside to paint the second coat! I used the Light Cream after the second coat of the Slate was dry.  I painted 2-3 coats of the Light Cream color. I think I may have used too  much water when mixing up this color because it took more coats to cover.  It was more of a washy effect, but it actually worked out better that way!

Here it is after the final coat of the Light Cream. I didn’t let the last coat dry fully because I knew I wanted a chippy finish but I wanted the Slate blue color to show through as well. I started using my coarse sanding sponge, but it was taking off too much paint for my liking.

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 I decided to wet distress using a Dobie pad instead. I got a dish pan and some water and  started rubbing off the Light Cream color to reveal the Slate underneath.  This was a new technique for me…it was really trial and error, but aren’t all projects like that? It ended up coming out exactly the way i envisioned. Happy Accident!

Because I had used some of the Bonding Agent in the paint it adhered more to the wood, but I was fine with that. I didn’t let the final coat of the Light Cream dry fully so it didn’t take that much pressure to remove the top layer of paint. It came out unbelievable!

Here is the final result after I finished wet distressing with the Dobie Pad and water. Just what I wanted!

A closeup of the finish.  See how the blue color underneath comes through, but the cream color also retains its washy, weathered, worn look.  And the color of the wood underneath is such a rich contrast to the blue and white.

Again, here its chipping a bit…perfect!

Now…what to use this piece for?? A bar? A desk? Both? I can’t wait!

The piece originally had  fretwork in the center opening, but it was badly damaged and I pulled it off.  I decided to add some chicken wire that I had leftover from another project I had done and stapled it to the inside of the piece. That lent itself to the farmhouse look I was going for. I used a pair of nippers to take off any remaining chicken wire hanging over.

And here is this month’s contest project finally completed!  I staged this photo so it could be shown as a bar or a serving piece for summer entertaining. I used the mason jar drink dispenser and the mason jars as glasses to give it a “Farmhouse Fun” feel!

I used the Acri Glaze in matte just on the top as the sealer for protection from any spills or dings.

The rest of the piece I used my Johnson’s Paste Wax for protection. I applied with a brush and removed the excess with a rag.

Here it is shown as a writing desk.  I used some galvanized watering cans and, an agriculture poster I had gotten when I went on a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.  Some old vintage children’s books give it just the right touch.






What an absolute pleasure it was using Old Fashioned Milk Paint! I know I’ll definitely be getting more of this product in the future!  If you’re an active furniture flipping blogger and you’re interested in participating in future contests of  The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest please contact: info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

To see more of the fabulous creations by the other contestants for this months contest click on the links to:

Evey’s Creations

Anastasia Vintage

FFFC graphic (6.18.2016)

  I received compensation from Old Fashioned Milk Paint in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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Restoration Hardware Inspired Brass Lamps

The Restoration Hardware trend is so popular these days! If you search the web or check out Pinterest you can find hundreds of inspiration photos and tutorials that will help you achieve that weathered, dry brushed technique. I had a client who wanted a different look for her brass lamps and I suggested this kind of look for them. While the look is more on trend, it’s still an old world, yet modern finish perfect for a more updated interior.

These are the lamps in their original state.  There were two pairs of lamps. One pair was going in her bedroom and the other in her living room. I started by cleaning the lamps very well with vinegar, dish detergent and hot water. I used a scotch brite pad to remove any grime and residue.


I primed the lamps with Zinzer’s  Bin Shellac primer which works on pretty much all surfaces. I applied 2 coats letting them dry well in between each coat. I just used a chip brush to apply the primer.

Then I applied  Sherwin Williams Ovation brand of paint in Virtual Taupe. I used a matte finish. I also did two coats here drying well in between each coat. The color is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Coco Chalk Paint.


I painted all the lamps two coats of the paint and let dry overnight.

After I finished base coating the lamps with the Virtual Taupe color I mixed up my own DIY liming wax .  For the liming wax I used a glob of my Johnson’s Paste Wax and mixed in some white latex paint I had. I used enough paint so the color would be opaque enough but still have some translucency.  For the lamps that I wanted to stay lighter I used my chip brush again and just brushed on the DIY liming wax all over the lamp.  I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then I used my blue shop towel to wipe off the excess very gently.  I wanted to keep the texture of the wax in the grooves of the brush marks of the paint.  It gives a really interesting texture and almost looks like stone.


Here is another closeup of the white liming wax.

This is the dark wax.  For this, I used my Johnson’s Paste wax again but this time I added some Minwax stain in Provincial.  I used the same technique as before using my chip brush and applying the stain all over the lamp base.   I let it sit for a while before wiping off very gently.  You may have to apply a second time if you want your lamp to be darker.  Alternatively, you can also use a bit of the liming wax first, let it sit a bit, wipe off and then use the darker wax.  Play around and see what works for you!

Here is the darker lamp completed. The paint and wax technique totally transforms this lamp into a greige, weathered patina finish!

Another close up of the dark lamp.

Here is the finished white liming wax lamp.  It’s amazing what a bit of paint and some wax can do to outdated lamps!


I love how the wax clings to the grooves of the brush strokes.  It really adds to the weathered, patina look I was after.




  Needless to say, my client was thrilled with her lamps!  Try this technique out on your lamps and other accessories!  I’d love to see your transformations!