Before and After– A 2fer The Sweet Little Desk and Black Armoire

I have to tell you I have been blown away by the amount of support for my little business last week. I have been selling a lot more from home lately while maintaining a pretty good stock at The Modern Cottage Co. I finished 3 pieces for sale (and 2 for a promo…more on that later) and each piece sold within a few minutes or hours of being posted on my Facebook and IG. It’s amazing to me that people are following my work and get excited about what I do. I had a few “pinch me” moments and  I’m so grateful for continued growth and the supportive people around me!  I have a few “before and after” photos for you..first up the armoire. 

 
This piece would have looked amazing any color. It’s bones are beautiful and I love pieces with drawers hidden on the inside. It’s a great opportunity to paper or paint something fun. I wanted to keep it simple with basic black and have a coordinating paper inside. I chose Pitch Black from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. You get the classic color with a milk paint choice but you still get character in the chippy patina. The awesome scallop paper is from Spoonflower (@littlearrowdesigncompany). 

   

  

   
  

    

I honestly did no prep work other than cleaning the piece. The wood was in good condition and I wanted the milk paint to do what it does best. I sealed first with Maison Blanche Dark Wax (this continues to be a favorite, I love this stuff). I waited over night and went over the whole thing again with clear wax.  

My next piece was originally going to be green but I kept reaching for this awesome deer print (also Spoonflower @Sparrowson)and I thought Driftwood (OFMPC) would be a good match. 

    

I did 2 coats of shellac on this one and mixed a little Light Cream milk paint with Driftwood. I like it slightly lighter.  

   
  

  

Have a great week!! 

Xo

Amanda 

White and Chippy

I have always wanted to do a really chippy white piece and in my opinion it is one of my biggest challenges. I think its my need for good coverage. I want the white really crisp. White can be a very translucent color (with milk paint even more so) and I don’t like to see brush strokes or wood showing through in parts that are not intended. Thus it is difficult to get the nice white coverage but still allow your chippy to get…well chippy. I did not prep the body of this piece at all, because I wanted the milk paint to work its magic and the finish on the dresser was perfect. I did do two coats of spray Shellac on the top only because I needed to sand out some water rings and I didn’t want to worry about bleed through. I mixed up Light Cream by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.
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I did two coats of paint before the paint really started to chip away. In my opinion… after the paint starts to chip if you sand it off and continue to paint you will essentially be prepping those chippy parts to hold the paint, and you risk an uneven surface..if that makes sense? I try to paint over the parts falling off, whipping my brush as I go. With each layer of paint it still lifts in the same spots. With lighter colors it seems to always be harder because you need more coats to get good coverage in the areas that are not chippy. Am I losing you, yet? I think every painter has a system though and something that works well for them. Its never right or wrong. Just what works best for that artist. When you get milk paint to do its thing though… it is so beautiful not matter how you got there. Here is some progress shots of the dresser when I started to finally sand away all the flaky goodness…
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I have to admit… I was sending photos to my friend Alison, sort of laughing at myself as I got closer to the end. The milk paint really took over… but as I put the finishing touches on, it really started to fit just perfectly though. No matter how much I work with this paint it surprises me every time, and I love that.
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I sealed it with Miss Mustard Seeds Clear Wax, because its so smooth and easy to work with and looks fantastic over any kind of milk paint.

Im so glad I stuck to challenging myself with this one. It feels good to do something different, and I want to continue to push myself everyday.

Just maybe not with white paint for awhile.

Amanda 🙂

Layered Milk Paint Dresser

I finished up a beautiful dresser this week by layering different shades of milk paint and I think it turned great! It is a nice way to get dimension to the look of the paint. There are a lot of reasons why I love to paint with milk paint. It challenges me a bit sometimes but you can create a really authentic unique patina. With that being said… it can be temperamental and it takes patience but the end result is worth it!  With this piece in particular I knew I wanted to paint it Driftwood by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. from the start. I love the way this color looks over a deep mahogany. In my head I kept thinking of this buffet I did about a year ago. This piece was one coat, I used it to sort of create a wash over the warm wood.
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Here was the paper (from Spoonflower by Elvie & Co.) and knobs (online wholesaler source) that I picked out for the project.
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The layering idea sort of came as I went. I started with a spray shellac by Zinsser. Which is a great way to “prime” your wood before painting. Then I did two coats of just Driftwood. I was going to stop there. But I decided I wanted a look with more dimension, maybe even weathered. So… I mixed a small amount of Buttermilk milk paint by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. into the Driftwood and and painted another two coats of the lighter shade. I sanded well with a 400 grit between each coat to get a really smooth finish. I then finished it with a last coat of just Driftwood and sanded really well to get all the layers to come through. If you have ever painted with milk paint before you know that it sands really well with hardly any work. I sealed it with clear wax from Maison Blanche Paint Company and then buffed really well. I typically only do 2 maybe 3 coats of paint depending on the piece, the layered effect does take more coats.. but its fun to try!

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It was hard to get the photos to capture the true patina and color variation so you will have to try some layering and see what you think. I think you can get this look using all kinds of paint… use your imagination and creativity. No limits! Have a great weekend. 🙂

Amanda