This sweet MCM desk was updated using a pretty milk paint. Some see blue some see green, what color do you think it looks?
Blue or Green? Milk Painted MCM Desk
Without legs, the lower veneer edges had chipped and missing areas that were filled with my handy DAP wood pro-x. Areas of veneer that had lifted were glued with Titebond glue and clamped into pace to drive. I also had 4 new legs in my stash, a pair in two different colors but easily solved with painting.
The entire desk was scrubbed clean with warm soapy water and a scrub brush and once dry, all the wood filled areas were sanded smooth then wiped clean with a microcloth.
Homestead House milk paint in Quaker blue was the color of choice. Here is the first coat going on.Milk paint is a 1:1 mix of warm water and paint powder stirred well and left 10 minutes before painting.
Milk paint absorbs into wood fiber and adheres very well HOWEVER on new smooth surfaces like these new furniture legs the paint will most likely chip off. To prevent this a light sanding gives the smooth glossy surface some texture for the paint to stick to and add bonding agent to the mixed milk paint.
The milk paint was sealed with Homestead House hemp oil brushed on with a chip brush. Allow to soak in 10-15 minutes and wipe with a blue shop towel. If some areas are still needing more oil do another coat. Once dry, buff with a soft cloth. A few days later I applied a coat of Homestead clear wax.
The hardware was put back on after updating with Rustoleum spray paint in pure gold, wax was rubbed on the drawer slides and the desk is complete.
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