After the push to get ready for The Market on Chapel Hill, I took a bit of a break from bringing in new pieces of furniture. I was actually trying to clean out the studio and weed out the stash, so I just had things to work on that I was really excited about. We’re putting together a second look book for the MMS Milk Paint line and have a shoot scheduled at the most insanely beautiful manor next week and I realized I only had two pieces to shoot! Time to get in gear, Marian.
I tripped across these chairs. Almost literally. I went to the Old Red Barn in Chambersburg, PA to teach a milk paint demo last weekend and spotted these barrel-backed cane beauties…
I mean…come on.
Initially, I thought there was no way in the world I would paint them, but they aren’t particularly old (1980’s most likely) and they sport that dated black speckled finish. Who thought that was a good idea?
I know people will be asking that of us one day. Why all the planked walls? Who in the world would cut up a grain sack and put it on a chair?
Yes, people will shake their heads and sigh at us.
Anyway, I am considering painting them, but we’ll see if I can actually go through with it.
You have to look pretty closely to see the speckles.
I need to debate with myself a little more.
Then there is this little dresser. I know he looks sweet, despite the unfortunate shade of brown he was painted in…
…but he’s really a jerk.
His hardware was a bear to get off, for one.
…and I decided to strip the top to reveal the beautiful oak and he is being totally stubborn. I’ve hardly made a dent after two rounds of slathering stripper on and scraping with gusto. This guy just laughed at me. So, I’m going to take the sander to him tomorrow and show him who’s boss.
In contrast, this piece looks a bit dowdy and serious, but he has been so compliant and delightful.
I painted him in MMS Milk Paint Schloss and he wears it so well. Like a great wool suit.
He even surprised me with some gorgeous crazing…
All on his own.
So, he’s getting a nice rub down with Hemp Oil tomorrow.
The pieces waiting in the wings should learn a lesson from these two…