DIY / Painted Furniture

SEW cute in Lucketts Green

I’ve had this old sewing table for many years now.  My mom purchased the table and the old Singer “Rocketeer” used when I was little.  I remember it occupying space in her bedroom throughout my childhood.  I happily accepted both when she moved, but it wasn’t until I moved my studio into a larger room upstairs this summer that I actually had designated space for the table.

I figured Miss Mustard Seed’s new milk paint, in Luckett’s Green would be a good choice. It totally fit the color palette I used in the room and I was anxious to give it a try.

This was my first experience with Milk Paint and I must say it was an interesting adventure.  I chose not to use the bonding agent, because I wanted some chipping.
Even after watching the Miss Mustard Seed’s videos, I didn’t expect the paint to be quite so thin.  It went on well enough, but found that a good quality artist brush worked best. It was about an inch in size.  A bigger brush might have worked, but I felt this brush had held the paint better than the other ones I had in my stash.
The only prep work I did was to sand the top of the table.  There was a little water damage that I didn’t want to show up through the paint.
I found that letting the paint set up for about 5-10 minutes after mixing was a good thing.  It seemed to thicken and I could continue to work out any little clumps left with the brush. I just mixed about 2 tablespoons of paint up at a time, adding equal parts water, little bits at a time.
I loved the way the color varied as it went on.  Very antique looking.  Here’s a close up of the side completed. Love it!
The first coat went on well.  It looked like it was going to need more than two coats, but it didn’t.
After the second coat dried, that’s when the chipping started. I got much more chipping than I bargained for.  On both sides of the legs, the paint just totally came off. But notice how the front leg, in the foreground of this photo did perfectly fine.
I had already sanded the leg on the left before I remembered to take a photo, but it looked pretty much the same as the other.
I didn’t give up though. Seeing how little chipping there was on the top, I thought I’d try sanding the places that didn’t hold the paint and see if that helped.  It definitely did. I remembered Miss Mustard saying the paint chips very little on raw wood, then it would stand to reason to me anyway, that a sanded piece would hold the paint.
To finish it, I used Annie Sloan Clear wax. I knew I had plenty so I used that. It worked just as well on milk paint as it does on chalk paint.  The color became more intense and it’s slightly chalky appearance goes away.

Here is the before, because no good furniture redo post would be complete without the before shot.

I had lost the set screws that allowed the sewing machine to fit down in the table.  My dad recommended trying the hardware store, and he was right they had them! Now the sewing machine can sit flush with top as it was intended to. 🙂

I added cup pulls and painted the original hardware with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and a little copper acrylic for highlights on the middle.  I’ll keep looking for something more interesting and fun.

I think the thing I learned most about this piece was not so much about the paint and how it turned out, but that I have control issues. 😉 It didn’t get chippy where I wanted it to.  It chipped where it wanted to.

Apparently, I’m only a go with the flow kind of gal, when things work the way I want. ;)I don’t want you to leave you with a negative impression of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. There are some really positive things about it.

There is absolutely no odor, in my opinion.  I did this paint job in my foyer. I think you can see that in the close up further up. 😉  EDITED: Others have said that it smells, but I didn’t notice it or if it did it didn’t bother me or anyone in my house.  Maybe because I mixed small quantities at at time.

The paint goes very far.  If the legs hadn’t chipped as badly as they did, I could have painted the whole thing with only the 1 oz sample  I ordered.  In the end, I had to order more, but that was okay because I wanted to try another piece in her lovely yellow, Miss Mustard Seed. I’ll  post that project next week.  Very different, much more positive results.

Other than a few cushions, this was the last piece to do in my studio.  I’ll be sharing the reveal of that once I get those cushions sewn.And now I have a bright, fun place to do just that!

I’m so happy with the way the color works with my paper medallion collage.  If you’d like a tutorial on how to make over-sized ones like these, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. 😉

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  • Taylor @
    March 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I love it! The chipiness makes it perfect : ) Visiting from Redoux.

  • Debbie @ MeandMyDIY
    March 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Leslie, your sewing cabinet turned out great! I haven&#39;t used the milk paint yet, but I&#39;m like you…I like to have some control over how and where it chips. But I guess that&#39;s part of what makes it look so charming when it&#39;s all said and done…it doesn&#39;t look planned out. Looking forward to seeing your studio reveal! Hope you&#39;re having a great weekend.<br /><br />Debbie

  • MaytagNMom
    March 20, 2013 at 4:15 am

    As soon as I saw the title of your post, I knew you were using MMS&#39;s milkpaint. I haven&#39;t tried it yet, but I&#39;m a huge fan of Marian&#39;s so I might just done it. <br /><br />The Luckett&#39;s Green was perfect for your desk I think. It&#39;s really a lovely piece and you did an awesome job!<br /><br />Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world! Always great to see creative

  • NeeCee
    March 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Absolutely awesome… did a great job….love it…..just started following you…would love to have you stop by an visit me at<br />Have a great weekend, NeeCee

  • stitchinkitchen
    March 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I want to know how to make the wall decor…please please? thank you!

  • beadhen
    March 23, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I would love a tutorial of the oversized wall medallions. Thankyou. I love your little sewing table, as well.

  • Marie bloominghomestead
    March 25, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Beautiful! I love how this turned out, such a lovely patina.

  • Nita {ModVintageLife}
    March 26, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I featured your super cute sewing cabinet today on Mod Mix Monday!

  • Leslie Davis
    March 28, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Thanks Nita! I&#39;m honored to be featured!!


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