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!