Antique Milk Painted Table

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4 Hours
A kind neighbor gave me this sweet little table she hauled from home to home through her life having gotten it from her Grandmother. She always intended to refinish it but never got around to it. I was honored to be chosen to give it new life.

Under all the years of dust and cobwebs was a gorgeous solid wood beauty waiting to shine. As always the first step to the makeover was a deep scrub in every nook and cranny with warm soapy water with a bit of TSP.

It was then taken outside and sanded all down to bare wood. Back inside there were repairs done (you can find these steps in the detailed tutorial blog linked at the bottom)

Finally the fun part, the painting. My aunt called this piece as soon as she saw the dusty dirty before photo above. She pondered a mustard color but then asked if I had a charcoal brown.

When I paint pieces brown is never a color I use often seeing they are usually brown wood but it is her choice.

I did not have a charcoal brown but one of the great things about milk paint is you can mix custom colors easily. I mixed  Homestead House milk paint colors sherwood brown and coal black.

The entire table was sanded with a sanding sponge and the edges distressed to show wear. Then it was sealed with  Fusion Hemp Oil. This is perfect for this antique piece as the hemp oil not only absorbs into the milk paint but the dry wood fibers.

To add even a bit more dimension and depth  Fusion Furniture Wax in black was brushed on with a chip brush and wiped back with a blue shop towel. Then it was complete.. such a beautiful piece in the end from what started out as pretty scrubby.

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  • Judith Judith on May 23, 2021

    How much TSP did you add to the water, how big a container, and what did you use to make the water soapy?

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  • Getreal49935 Getreal49935 on Feb 20, 2022

    love the finished color

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on May 22, 2022

    I had one these back in the day! My parents too. These magazine stands matched a piece of furniture called a telephone bench. (I'm giving away my age now 😉) Wish I had them now. For me, these pieces never go out of style. What's old is new, just like bell bottoms. I absolutely love what you did, but I'm a lover of natural wood finishes. Thanks for sharing your post. It brought back a lot of good memories. ♥️