Hello milk paint lovers! This is Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. I wanted to share a project that I recently finished and show you how my milk paint leftovers created the most beautiful bespoke shade of blue! (Bespoke is an adjective that means “made to fit a particular person”)
My specimen was a beautiful wood record cabinet. Well, it didn’t start out beautiful, but just wait and see!
This cabinet is where you would have stored your records to play on a turntable. It has lots of cubbies inside and plenty of storage.
When it came time to decide on a color, I kept going back and forth between the colors in the MMSMP line. After all, how can you pick just one? I realized I had leftovers of Artissimo, Flow Blue, Kitchen Scale, and a bit of Eulalie’s Sky from previous projects. I combined what was left of each of these colors in a plastic container and mixed up about 1/4 cup of milk paint with the same amount of water. It was a fun “experiment” to see what kind of bespoke color it would create.
It brushed on beautifully and once it dried, I got some lovely chipping along the trim pieces on the doors.
I went in and distressed a bit around the edges with some 100 grit sandpaper to enhance the rustic feel that was emerging. After some staging, here’s the final result:
I’m quite pleased with the color! It’s a dusky blue that looks absolutely perfect on this piece.
For staging, I used an old window sash from our wedding, my large boxwood wreath for some color, two wooden candlesticks, and a small sign that has been encouraging me as of late.
I didn’t even mind keeping the original handles. Typically, I swap these out, but they kind of worked against the bespoke blue color.
I’m becoming a huge fan of preserved boxwood. It adds so much texture and color without needing much maintenance at all! Just a spritz of water every so often and it’s good to go.
I encourage you to do some milk paint mixing and have an “accidental” bespoke adventure of your own!