Antique Milk Painted Table

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$20
4 Hours
Medium
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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  • Sally Gillies Sally Gillies on May 23, 2021

    I generally dislike painting old wood furniture but this is just gorgeous. Very cool piece to begin with but your effort upgraded it to fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sam Sam on May 25, 2021

    Looks really nice. It's nice to see a pc being restored yet keeping its personality instead of going trendy and painting it w bright colors that don't fit in to much.

    Great job!

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