BEFORE & AFTER | table

 My experience with Milk Paint just seems to get better and better!  I was given this table, from a colleague of my husband Mike – it was going to be taken to the dump! I love the big chunky barley twist legs.  This is a really solid well made piece of furniture, and I couldn’t wait to get started on her.

The top was quite worn and the original lacquer needed to be sanded off – the wood – solid oak, was in good condition so I knew it would be fine to sand there was no sign of veneer of any sort.

 Here she is before – lovely detail and legs.

I always sand – 3 times – going up from course to medium and then fine to finish off and get a really lovely smooth finish.  It sanded beautifully, as the wood was so good, I tried applying hemp oil on a small inconspicuous spot to see what the colour would look like if I applied the Hemp Oil straight onto the sanded oak.  It was a little on the orangey/yellow shade which I don’t like, so I decided to use the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint shade called Curio – which makes a fabulous walnut shade.

I gave the base 3 coats of MMSMP – Grainsack – which is one of the white shades – it’s a lovely soft greyish white – I added bonding agent to the first coat, although I would have been very happy to have some chipping, as the table is quite old – approximately 1930’s and has  had a lot of use sometimes, especially on a dining table there could be grease, which will resist the paint and I wanted to have more control of whether I had a ‘chippy’ look or not.

The table has 2 extending leaves which tuck underneath the main top – when fully extended using both leaves the table is 185cms long! It’s gorgeous!

 To finish and seal the paint I used Hemp Oil, and the finish is really smooth, and the colours of the stained top and greyish white base compliment each other perfectly.

 This label shows the table was bought in Arding & Hobbs which was a well know reputable chain of  Furniture Stores across London established in 1862, I do love a piece with some history!

 I love the scalloped detail – and of course those barley twist legs are fabulous!

Now that I have used the Curio Milk Paint as a stain with such tremendous results I will certainly be using it as my first choice for a stain for some other projects which I have lined up!

Lots more Milk Paint projects on the way!
Bye for now

CJ, Juniper & Roses

12 thoughts on “BEFORE & AFTER | table

  1. Faithe Warren-Agee

    I love this table. So, so beautiful! You did a beautiful job!

  2. Sharon

    This table is absolutely awesome! I love the legs and I do love how they compliment the top. Lovely!

  3. Lauren

    Oh my, how lovely! Would love to hear/see more about curio as a stain…water ratio, technique, etc. I have an old farmhouse table I would love to do the same to! Even purchased my first bag of grainsack a week ago to get myself motivated! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jenny Depa-Karl

    WOW! Really… taken to the dump!!?? Surely, a donation to a local charity would have been a great alternative. So happy you rescued and returned a beautiful wood piece back to life (and a new home)! Great job!

  5. Lou W

    Beautiful! I must say that up until a year ago, being one that would strip and refinish, the thought of putting paint on wood caused me to shutter. I would question why one would cover such beauty. Since reading your blog, I now say paint away! Your creative eye and stunning colors of paint create great works of art. Thank you for the education.

  6. Jill Butler

    Please, please, please explain more about Curio used as a stain! I love the look of this piece but can’t figure out how paint can be used as stain.

  7. Jenn A

    Gorgeous! Makes me itch to find something to paint – a cool old table, of course!

  8. Audra

    LOVELY, Lovely piece. Wow. Stain is gorgeous… Im just dipping my toes into milk paint after using chalk paint and keep watching all your stuff. This is a fave. (Trying not to be green with envy…I love those old tables that fold up rather than have to have leaves stored elsewhere.)


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