Dining Room Table

Howdy MMSMP Lovers! I’m Allison from Refunk My Junk and I am sharing my dining room table painted in the #mmsmpcolorofthemonth Ironstone.

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People ask me all the time about the durability of Milk Paint. When I was a brand new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint retailer 15 months ago – my very first project was painting my dining room table in Ironstone. I knew painting the table in the bright white of Ironstone, with a 2 year old little boy eating at it everyday, would be putting Milk Paint to the test!

Around the same time MMSMP had launched I purchased this dining room table off of Craigslist for $125.00. The two were a perfect match.

And now 15 months later, I am happy to report my dining room table is holding up nicely. It really works for my family because painted furniture chips. It just does, no matter if you use Latex, Oil-Based paints, or Milk Paint. If it is painted it will probably chip at some point! Having my dining room table in a “chippy” finish is great because if I drop a can of beans on the table – oh-well! You can’t even tell.

milk paint table 1

To seal the top of the table I allowed 2 coats of Ironstone Milk Paint to dry for 48 hours and then I applied a coat of hemp oil. Once that had a few hours to cure I applied 2 coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax, buffing in-between coats. It still has a nice shine and has been extremely durable.

If you have concerns about wax holding up, I would put them aside and go for it! Or you can apply your favorite poly product over Milk Paint to seal it.

milk paint table 2

Shhh… Don’t tell anyone, but I didn’t even wax the legs of the table. And I don’t plan to. The legs of the table rarely ever get any wear so I skipped that step. And I’m glad I did because you can’t even tell.

milk paint table 3

I always get lots of fawning over this table when I have guests over. It looks so authentically worn they can’t believe I painted it myself.

milk paint table 5

Don’t forget to share your Ironstone projects on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, with hashtag #mmsmpcolorofthemonth so we can all drool over each other’s projects.

And if you have a question about this project, leave ‘em in the comments!

7 thoughts on “Dining Room Table

  1. Erica Baxter

    Looks awesome Allison! I can’t believe you painted it 15 months ago and it still looks this good! I just painted a nightstand in ironstone (will be painting our entire bedroom set) and the more I see it, the more I love it! I really wasn’t sure how it would hold up… so I’m glad it is nothing I will have to worry about!

  2. Dawn Nicole Davis

    Thanks so much for this post, as I’m currently in the process of painting my chairs and dining room table in linen. I recently finished my chairs and got the perfect look that I was after. I then put on the hemp oil and wiped off any excess 30 minutes later. The next day I went to go feel the chairs to see if they had dried and 2 of the chairs were very sticky. I was so bummed, as I didn’t want to have to start over. Obviously, I had used too much hemp oil. What do you recommend I do next? It took forever to paint the chairs and had to do 3 coats in some places. I don’t want to have to redo both of them, as milk paint is expensive and I’ve already gone through one whole bag. What do you recommend I do? Thanks so much! Dawn Davis

  3. virginia knight

    I do paint furniture, but have not tried milk paint. I would like to try ony dinning table yours is perfection. Going to dave the way you did it.

  4. Morgan

    Please help! I love the look of milk paint and being from around the same area as Ms. Mustard Seed I became inspired after reading through some of her website. The finish you did to this table is similar to what I wanted to do to my dining room table except I wanted a little more dimension. I painted down one layer of curio then two of linen and wanted to sand down through all three to get layers of white, brown, and the piece’s original honey stain. I didn’t use a bonding agent as I wanted lots of chippy and thought I was prepared for the spontaneity of the piece. The legs turned out perfect, much like the edges of your table. But the top was pieced together in a herringbone design and did about three different things. 1) Chipped in random areas….great! 2) Didn’t chip on the other half of the table at all….not so great 3) Some of the curio mixed with the linen so when I sanded, no brown was left, just the honey. Now I know this last one is probably a rookie mistake, but I really tried to sand softly and once I got through a layer of the white it was like the Curio wasn’t underneath. My table now looks like a maniac went at it with little freckles of chippy in some spots and nice patchy areas in others. Then dark brown, honey, and even raw wood in some spots. I’m so bummed. Being my first experience redoing a piece on my own much less using milk paint I’m at a loss. Please advise this poor helpless recreater.


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