Crafting a Family Message Center

Not too long ago, I ended up at an auction where this large wood thing was smashed into a corner with a bunch of stuff that I wanted piled around it.  Lucky for me, it turned out to be one big lot and everything became mine.

When I uncovered it, I was so excited to see that it was an old ___________.

(Okay, that’s a blank for you to fill in, because I cannot figure out what this thing is.  An antique hymnal board possibly?  Look at the Gothic style arches on the frame.  Doesn’t it look churchy?  Seriously, if anyone has any ideas, let me know!)

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A Buffet in Graphite

grey and gold buffet

I love, love, love finding these Depression era buffets.  All their carvings and chunky legs just ooze character and look fantastic painted.

When I brought this girl home, I had just finished some custom work using Amy Howard at Home’s Graphite and Selznick Grey One Step paint and decided Graphite would be a great choice on this buffet.  [Read more…]

Creating a Chippy Finish with Milk Paint

I always get a chuckle when I read about other furniture painters who freak out when they use milk paint and it starts chipping.  For me, this is the number one reason to use milk paint.  I get that not everyone loves chippy.  It is a very primitive look.

The pigments in milk paint create a gorgeous aged and layered finish.  All by itself.  (I say milk paint is like using water colors and chalk paint is like using acrylics.)  So some people just want the lovely look of milk paint without all the chipping craziness.

Milk paint always has…potential.  This “potential” drives some people crazy…the unpredictability and not knowing how it will turn out.  After using and playing around with it for over a year, milk paint and I have become so close, that I’ve learned its little nuances and how to make it behave the way I want it to.  Most of the time. [Read more…]