Monday, July 11, 2016

Creating A Patina Finish On Wood, Using a True Milk Paint

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Hey y'all! I'm very happy to officially introduce my amazingly talented friend and brand new contributor to this blog, Jen of J Burns Designs

She's an incredibly talented woodworker, furniture designer and refinisher, as well as artist. You can go read up on her more here.

She's also an official Brand Blogger for The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.! Let's give her a warm welcome and make sure to check out her Facebook page for all of her awesome furniture designs!

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You'll be seeing more of her around these parts, so stay tuned!

Here's her first post as contributor and brand blogger!

Hi! My name is Jen! I'm so glad to share my first contributor post as an official OFMP Brand Blogger! Here's how I create a patina finish on new wood, using Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. products!

I had a few old salvaged balusters that were laying around for a while. I decided to use them with some of the left over lumber I had to build a console table.

baluster table build unfinished
After building and sanding the table.
As you can see the balusters are oak and have a gorgeous aged patina on them. The top, bases and stretcher are hickory and hard pine. I wanted them to match the look of the old balusters. Normally this would be a time I would start with mixing different wood stains and toners, but some hardwoods can be difficult to stain. Hickory is one of those. Hickory is a very dense hardwood which is great to protect against wear and tear, but not when you're trying to add color to it. This is where milk paint comes in extremely handy.

old fashioned milk paint pitch black paint
Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Pitch Black
Old Fashioned Milk Paint is a safe, non-toxic, all natural paint that is water/casein based. It can be mixed in a 1:1 ratio for painting or like I used here, diluted to use as a stain. When mixing milk paint to use as a stain start with mixing small amounts. A good ratio for most darker colors is one part paint to three parts distilled water. We live in St. Louis, now our tap water isn't horrible but it is treated. I always stick to using distilled water mixing or thinning any paints.

Mixing true milk paint as a stain use 1:3 paint to water ratio.
To mimic the patina of the oak balusters, I used OFMP in Pitch Black around the edges.

You can see I wasn't concerned about neat lines.
I wanted the dark edges to stand out and needed to make sure that when I started adding color I wasn't covering the Pitch Black. To avoid this I used Daddy Van's orange wax lightly rubbed over the edges after they were dry.

daddy vans wax in orange oil
Daddy Van's Wax
Daddy Van's is a solvent free natural wax with orange oil that smells amazing and is incredibly easy to use. It's safe to use indoors as it has no harsh fumes. I will warn you, they make a lavender wax as well. Don't use that one if you haven't had a nap recently, the smell alone is enough to make me sleepy. I love them both!!!

The wax will be your barrier, to prevent the next layers of milk paint from adhering too much.

I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Driftwood next, also mixed like a stain. I did two coats and sanded lightly in between with 400 wet/dry sand paper.

OFMP Driftwood

Next I did a coat of Driftwood mixed with a small amount of Pitch Black.

Then I mixed a very diluted wash of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Light Cream. This mix is very diluted, almost a 1:6 ratio of paint to water.

I quickly painted the wash on and wiped off in spots especially around the edges.

OFMP Light Cream
After it was dry and sanded lightly again with 400, I put a generous coat of Daddy Van's Orange Oil Wax over the entire table.
Daddy Van's Orange Oil Wax
You can see right away how it brings out all the different layers of color and still lets the wood shine through.
Daddy Van's Orange Oil Wax
Since Daddy Van's has no solvents and is all natural, it does take a little longer to dry/cure than other waxes. I let this set for a full day before coming back with a lint free rag and lightly buffing to a low shine.


Baluster Console Table finished with OFMP and Daddy Van's
There it is, all finished!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Entryway Accent Wall


Hey y'all! Just wanted to pop in and tell you to hop over to the amazing Leslie Stocker's blog, Colorways, where I am posting my first Contributor post! Woohoo!

Go check out how I jazzed up my entryway using some Pure and Original Fresco Lime Paint!

Thank you to Leslie for having me over!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Farmhouse Fun" Nightstand-July FFFC™ sponsored by OFMP

**Though I was compensated for this post in product and/or monetarily, all opinions, ideas and comments are 100% my own. Please note: this post may also contain affiliate links.**

Hey, y'all!

If you are new to these parts, welcome! A new month can only mean one thing around Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ (FFFC)!

What's the FFFC™ you ask? Well, I'll tell you! It's a monthly sponsored contest for furniture flippin' bloggers where said bloggers compete to win a fab prize by that month's fab sponsor!

This month's sponsor is none other than The Old Fashioned Milk Paint (OFMP)!

OFMP was the original true milk paint on the market in its modern-day powder form. True milk paint has been around for centuries, though! For more on the history and for more info on what it can do, check out this post.

If you are on my little corner of the internet often, then you know it's my favorite paint ever! Since this month's theme is "Farmhouse Fun", I just KNEW I wanted to use the color Pitch Black and that I wanted to let the milk paint do what it does best: chip.

I found this piece years ago at a garage sale for a song. I knew it was just perfect for what I had in mind.

Since it had been sitting in the corner of my garage for so long, I began by giving it a REALLY good cleaning! I used my go-to product Simple Green. I decided that it was a good time for a social media PSA. :)

Seriously, the thing was disgusting. After wiping it down, I sanded where I wanted the paint to STICK. The easiest way to control how much milk paint chips is to sand away any shiny finish that may have previously been on a piece where you don't want any chipping. Milk paint was created for porous surfaces, so it will stick like no tomorrow to unfinished surfaces. When applied to a previously painted or finished surface, it will lift and chip away as it dries. Basically, the previous finish will act as a resist. If you don't want any chipping at all, you can either sand the entire piece down, or you can add some Extra-Bond to your mixed milk paint. I talk all about milk paint over on my YouTube page here. Make sure you check the video out if you want to see more tips and tricks on how to work with true milk paint.

After mixing my milk paint powder with equal parts water, I gave it a few coats of paint, waiting in between coats as they dried. I used Pitch Black, which a true black and just glorious! As expected, it chipped right where I wanted it to, along the edges and bottom where I didn't sand down while prepping my piece. I gave it some more distressing with a sanding sponge and helped the chipping along.

Once I thought it had enough distressing and happy chipping, I finished it up with some Daddy Vans All Natural Beeswax Lavender Furniture Polish which you can buy through OFMP.

The result was the perfect "Farmhouse Fun" look! To add a bit more to my piece I decided to change out the hardware to a cute ceramic bird and to decoupage some matching paper into the drawer.

I staged it with a rooster and some vintage books to enhance that farmhouse feel. I'm just smitten with this cute table!

If you're curious about that wall behind it, stay tuned. More on that later! For now, go get your Farmhouse Fill over on my fellow hosts' blogs!

Lynn is BACK, and she really knocked this piece out of the park! Go check out how incredibly difficult of a ride this piece had! Trust me, the BEFORE pic looks nothing like the gorgeous piece in this AFTER photo.

Thea's pie safe started its life as a completely different piece. Go check out how she achieved this incredible look over on her blog!

Check back throughout the month as our entries come in for more "Farmhouse Fun" inspiration! Good luck to all of the entrants!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

"BLING! BLING!": May FFFC- Sponsored by Country Chic

 Hey y'all! It's a new month! You know what that means...


If you are new to my little corner of the internet, the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ is a monthly sponsored contest where furniture flippin' bloggers compete to win some incredible prizes by the monthly sponsor. This month, that sponsor is Country Chic Paint!

Our fab theme for the month is one that just makes me all sorts of happy.

Yup. This month we will bling out all the things, er, furniture since the theme is "Bling, Bling"! Our fab sponsor for the month has an incredible line of metallic creams that will enable our entrants to do just that!

The outcome is gorgeous! Here's some nightstands that Mary from Orphans with Makeup created using the Silver Bullet Metallic Cream: 


 Make sure to check back this week here as I will blinging up an IKEA TV stand that has seen better days. I'll be giving their 'Pocket Watch' metallic cream a try! I can't wait! 

As always, check out our Fab Hosts' blogs for some inspiration, and to see all of the contestant's entries as they come in. 

and introducing our BRAND NEW, JUST PROMOTED Host:


Thank you to Country Chic for sponsoring this month's FFFC and good luck to all of the entrants!

Entrants will be competing for the following:
2 Pints of Metallic Cream
1 Sample Jar of Metallic Cream
4 Pints of All In One Decor Paint
1 Small & 1 Large Short Handled Brush
4 oz. Natural Wax
2 oz. Antiquing Wax
Stay tuned and check back often!

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