Look at this forlorn chair. Doesn’t it look sad? Someone else thought so because it was half off at the thrift store. I think it was on its way to the dumpster. But I knew as an Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger, the milk paint can work miracles. And using this paint, I would be able to get an aged look on any piece of furniture, including this old chair.
But look beyond this brown that makes me think of my favorite chocolate cake recipe and envision it as a beloved chair worn down with use. The layers of paint faded and worn.
Before I started painting I wiped the chair down with a solution of white vinegar and water. Surprisingly I didn’t have any repair work to do on this project.
To get this aged look I decided to work with the brown. I mixed up the Marigold Yellow according to the directions. When the paint was ready it was time to paint. I generally start from the bottom and work my way to the top. Usually, it is a pain to paint a chair with spindles but by tipping the chair up and starting from the underside the job wasn’t bad.
When the paint was dry I flipped it up and painted the top in the same color. Now I allowed the layers to dry thoroughly on this piece.
I love to layer colors so the next color I used from the OFMP family is Buttermilk. This is one of my favorite colors. Another project I used it on a vintage vanity and stool. Once again I started at the bottom and worked my way around to the top. And notice how the Buttermilk has a yellow tone so it ties in with the Marigold Yellow.
When I layer paint colors I look for colors that will blend together, even if they are contrasting colors.
The final color is Light Cream. Light Cream is also a favorite color and I used it on the vanity and stool as the final color on it. Before I painted this final coat of paint on the chair, I used the Daddy Van’s Beeswax Distressing Disk to highlight certain areas.
The Light Cream was dry brushed on the chair and I did not cover it entirely in that color.
When the chair was dry I took a piece of 220 grit sandpaper and sanded all around the chair. It looked like magic. The chair aged before my eyes. It has character and a story to tell. And I hadn’t even waxed it yet.
But of course, I did wax it with Daddy Van’s Furniture Polish in Unscented Beeswax. The chair took on a nice worn patina and looked like a family heirloom instead being destined for the dumpster. Now to age it, even more, you can use Daddy Van’s Wax in the Shadow Black or any other dark color. I didn’t feel it was necessary because the brown paint aged it enough. So will you layer paint to age the furniture?