I’ve had this vintage wooden dough bowl for a few years. My mother-in-law gave it to me when they were cleaning out Jeff’s grandfather’s house. She thought I would like it and she was right. It is a practical size and shape and has a pretty patina. I’ve always thought it would look pretty with some blue paint on the bottom and, so I finally pulled it out and painted it a couple of weeks ago. I was in a mood to work on a project and this was one that’s been on the to-do list for far too long.
Here’s how the vintage dough bowl started… I love how wooden pieces wear over time.
Can’t you see some color on the bottom? I adore primitive wooden bowls and trenchers wearing their original milk paint, but they are always so expensive. This is a nice way to get that look with this vintage dough bowl, which is something I already have. (Yay for free!)
I really debated with myself over the blue to use on this vintage dough bowl. Should I go brighter? A soft blue/gray? Or a dark, rich blue. After looking at a lot of antique examples online, I decided to go with a dark blue – Artissimo from the MMS Milk Paint line.
Milk paint is the perfect paint for this project because it’s what would’ve been originally used.
It only took one quick coat of paint…
Once dry, I sanded down the paint on the bottom of the vintage dough bowl to bring out the details of the turned wood along with all of the scratches that have happened over time. This is one of my favorite parts of painting old pieces. The paint doesn’t hide the character (although it can if you want it to), but it brings it out. It accentuates all of the dings and dents. If you love old things, you get it.
I finished it off with some food-safe Hemp Oil. It will bring out the richness of the old wood and the paint color.
I also oiled the inside, just to give it a little hydration and shine.
And, there we go! A vintage dough bowl transformed. I was worried the color might be a little dark, but I think it looks perfect.
The wood looks so much prettier now that it’s been oiled, too.
I have hardly cut any of my hydrangeas this summer for a bouquet, so I finally cut some today. I know I can’t keep these in the house, though, because the cats will hunt them down, drag them around, and mutilate them. Maybe I can find a secret spot where they will leave them alone, but probably not!
If you’re interested in drying hydrangeas, HERE is a post on how to do it. (It’s really so easy!)
Seeing the bouquet of dried hydrangeas as well as working on back-to-school shopping has me looking forward to fall. I know there are a lot of people who cling to summer fiercely, but as someone who prefers cooler weather, wearing layers, and eating lots of soup, I long for fall during the hot, sticky days of late summer. It’ll be here before we know it, though…