farmhouse white table progress

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials14 Comments

Remember this table?  Well, I got around to working on it again over the past couple of days.  This is how it looked when I bought it…

I knew that I wanted to paint the base, because brown-painted furniture isn’t really my thing.  I also wanted to smooth out the top and hydrate it with Hemp Oil.  I wrote about sanding and prepping the top in THIS POST.

With the top smoothed out, I just applied a generous coat of MMS Hemp Oil to bring out the richness of the wood.

Call me nutty, but I love all of the scratches and imperfections.  You can tell this table has been a hard worker!

Now, I needed to deal with painting the base.  It’s wearing a drab coat of brown paint, but under that, I can see a yummy green.  I was hoping I could apply a couple coats of Farmhouse White MMS Milk Paint and it would chip and take away some of that brown paint, revealing the green.  Now, as I’ve shared many times, milk paint can be unpredictable when it comes to chipping.  But, I’ve worked on enough pieces that I get a good gut feeling about what’s going to happen.

So, I took a chance and applied the first coat of Farmhouse White yesterday.  Because I was hoping for chipping and I liked the texture, I didn’t sand or prep the base in any way.

Here’s a video sharing about applying the second coat and painting over chippy paint.  I also address why (and when) I leave drawers in the furniture while I’m painting and why I’m not using a drop cloth…

(One funny note about this video…  The lens distortion makes it look like I’m a giant and the table is tiny!  I was laughing as I was editing it, because it was so exaggerated in this shot, for some reason.)

I haven’t finished the table, yet, but as I was tucking the studio in for the night (turning off the lights, closing the door), I noticed some chipping was happening and it looks like it’s going to reveal some of that awesome green…

I love it when I’m right about that sort of thing!

I will work on it more tomorrow and let you know how it turns out!

farmhouse white table progress

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14 Comments on “farmhouse white table progress”

  1. As usual you’ve inspired me to get my painting on, I have several pieces that are crying for paint. Great tutorial, where did you get that perfect little stool? The table is looking fantastic, can’t wait to see the final reveal! (P.S. I’m a drop cloth lady because I am the sloppiest painter on earth. When I paint I look like you in the “fast speed” video because fast is my normal speed lol.

  2. I really enjoy when you share with us your painting techniques in a video! Can’t wait to see the final product!

  3. Loved the video! If you put hemp oil on a dining room table that is used often, is it sticky? If you use a runner and placemats, will it rub off on them? I love the look of it on the pieces you share on your blog.

  4. I like the fast-motion part of your video. 🙂 Something we never see ourselves do, all the little painting motions over time! What is that pretty music piece you set it to? I’d love to play it!

  5. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, a video is worth a million. Thank you for addressing the drawers being in. You’re the best!

  6. Re our king cedar garden gate bed is orange (chalk paint) . I am still thinking about putting MMS MUSTARD YELLOW over this. I have sample packets of MMS mustard yellow. I do want to distress down through the yellow to the orange in some places. However, I would also like to sand or wire brush into some turquoise and maybe other colors which I have not yet put onto the bed. So if I am going to under paint some edges and areas on the big fluted posts, what sort of paint should I use? MMS, Chalk paint? Any common latex paint? Oil base ?

  7. What that hemp oil does to the wood is amazing! … and so cool to see what will happen with the base. So far i love the lighter color… dyin to see some of the green peak through.


  8. I have missed your furniture painting videos, also. Although your fine art painting has inspired me. Now that the weather is finally getting nice in Minnesota, I can’t wait to get outside and Milk Paint some furniture!

  9. I have the same question as Marsha. I have a wonderful green chippy table like yours that was my dear grandmothers. I’m using it as my computer desk now, but the rough chippy top needs some smoothing out. I don’t want to take away from the beautiful worn look of it or cover the green paint either. Any suggestions? Love your tutorials!!

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