When I knew I would be participating in the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Farmhouse Fun Vanity July FFFC, I was so excited because the paint is Old Fashioned Milk Paint. I have been dying to try milk paint. OFMP is a formula recreated from an old recipe to provide an authentic finish. And the best part is the ingredients are all-natural and will not harm the environment. The theme is Farmhouse Fun. So I looked around my garage at all my furniture or should I say Inventory. And then I saw it. A vanity bench, a vanity bench without a vanity.
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I decided I wouldn’t let that bother me and started looking for material for the seat. I bought a yard of fabric that I love but decided it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I also have a stash of fabric and started going through it.
I considered a red and white stripe fabric which is actually a curtain but nope not right. I spied a quilted pillow sham in cream and knew I found my color inspiration. I will say the color selections for this paint are gorgeous and I have my eye on a few more colors to try.
So while waiting for the paint, I started taking the old fabric off the seat. Three layers and padding later. I was ready to reupholster the seat and then I could start painting.
And then it happened…I had an errand by a favorite antique-vintage store, Retro Rosie’s. I saw it, a vanity. Ronie, one of the ladies who has a spot there said she would let Chris know I was interested. Well, my bench and I met with Chris and she agreed the bench did work with the vanity and sold it to me. I was in heaven to think I could paint a Farmhouse Fun Vanity and Bench.
Ok, I knew I was ready for some fun. Farmhouse Fun. Now this vanity is old, there is a date stamped on it 1953. It has the swing arms for a curtain but I decided to remove them and not sew a curtain. This way the beauty of the paint technique can shine.
Since I was still waiting for the paint to arrive I thought I should prepare the pieces. I started sanding the vanity, it had four layers of paint and the original stain. Well you know it is 63 years old. Plus I needed to do a little repair on the drawer.
By then the paint along with the Milk Paint Extra Bond and Tung Oil arrived. I was ready to paint but first I wiped both pieces down with 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. I mixed the paint up per the directions.
I used the Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Buttermilk as my base coat. I added the Milk Paint Extra Bond to it because I was matching 2 pieces that had different finishes. Plus the stain seeps into the wood so this way the finished pieces would look like they coordinated.
I took my time and painted one side, let it dry and then the other. I didn’t mix up big batches but in between coats I put the paint in the frig. I do that with any paint I am in the middle of using but the instructions specifically said to do that because it is Milk Paint.
After the pieces were fully dried I lightly sanded spots I wasn’t happy with and touched up. Finally, it was time for the final coat of paint, which is called Light Cream.
My final steps were to sand down the vanity and bench using a 220 grit sandpaper with a final sanding with 1200 grit. As I rubbed my hand along the furniture the saying “smooth as butter” came to mind, although I never could figure that out as I don’t rub butter but anyway it was smooth.
I couldn’t wait to finish it with the Tung Oil. The oil brings the pieces to a nice luster and if you look at it real closely there are little crackles in the paint and the Buttermilk peaks through the Light Cream. It is so subtle and elegant. I am really loving my project with the Old Fashioned Milk Paint. And I am so happy I was able to participate in the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Farmhouse Fun Vanity July FFFC. I already know what my next project with OFMP will be so I hope you all stick around.