Boxwood antique desk

I picked up this flip top desk a few weeks ago.  I loved the shape of it and how versatile it could be.  It’d be a perfect for an entry way, hiding things away or for use as a desk in a living room.

Right away I knew I wanted to paint it Boxwood MMS milk paint.  I love that colour and have only used it on my shutters I painted last fall.  It’s such a beautiful green.  And I’ve been itching to paint with milk paint lately.  I’ve been doing a lot of things with AS Chalk Paint.  I love that paint but it doesn’t give the same look as milk paint does.

Here’s some hints with mixing milk paint.

I grabbed all the supplies needed: milk paint, extra bond, water, plastic jar, whisk, and a measuring cup.  Side note, I don’t have running water at my work shop so I bring water in jugs and hot water in a thermos.

I measured out the milk paint powder with the measuring cup.  Before adding water I used the whisk to break up the chunks in the powder.  It will make it easier to mix with the water and have less clumps.

Now the powder is finer…

I added the same amount of water as milk paint powder.  And stirred with a whisk until well mixed and no clumps.  If it’s too watery add a little more milk paint .  If it’s too thick, add water.  It should be similar to milk.

I then added the extra bond, (same amount as water) and stirred well.  I allowed the milk paint to sit before painting.  It allows the paint to thicken up and make sure all of the colour to be absorbed.

While the paint sat, I prepped the desk for painting.   I lightly sanded and scuffed up the piece, just to give the paint something to hold onto.  Then cleaned up the sand dust and allowed the desk to dry.

After one coat of paint, the piece may look a little ‘wonky’ and imperfect.  But after two coats, it looks beautiful!  Trust me, don’t let the first coat of milk paint scare you away.    Adding the extra bond allowed the milk paint to bond well to the desk .  There wasn’t much chipping.  If you want chipping and more of a surprise in the result, skip using the extra bond.

After the paint dried, I lightly distressed and waxed it.  Here it is…

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I love this colour. It turned out slightly different than when I used it on my wooden shutters.  But it’s lovely all the same!

Hope the quick tips on milk paint helped.  Milk paint has scared me before but I love using it now.  Such a fun process. And so many beautiful colours to choose from or create yourself.

Laurena

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Coastal Blue Desk

I received another furniture donation!  My lovely cousin was getting rid of a couple items from her house and she sent me a message asking if I wanted them.  There was a desk that had great potential, so of course I couldn’t refuse!   Luckily they live just a stone’s throw from my workshop so her husband dropped it off.   Side note: I can’t wait to trade in my Corolla for a hatchback car. Sigh.  Next year for sure!

The desk needed a little bit of repair.  There was some veneer missing on the bottom and I had to fix up the joints to make it more stable.  After a bit of wood filling and sanding the table was ready to paint!

I knew I wanted to use General Finishes Milk Paint, but what colour?  I hadn’t used Lamp Black or Costal Blue in awhile, so I hummed and hawed over the choices.  I chose Coastal Blue.  Love this colour.   One coat of general finishes milk paint does amazing things.  I only needed to do a quick second coat and it was looking good.

I painted two coats of the blue and painted inside the drawers.  I stopped there.  Something was missing.   I loved the navy colour,  but the desk needed something else.  Maybe I’m used to doing two toned style with a wood top.  The desk needed something to make it pop.  I looked for inspiration on Pinterest.   Looked around for stencils I could use.  And finally thought, painting a union jack on the top would be perfect.  Penny and I painted a coffee table long ago and it turned out lovely!

Since I had the paint colours on hand, I was going with the traditional union jack colours.   Red, white and blue.   After looking at a picture of the union jack flag on my phone, I planned what stripe width would work on the desk top.  Using a measuring tape and ruler square I found the center of the desk, and I taped out the middle and diagonal stripes.  I painted the inside of the tape white (after removing some of the tape).   Once dry, I taped out the areas for the red stripes and painted those.

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Once everything was painted and dry, I distressed the desk to make it look more of a weathered flag.  Then sealed with varathane.

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The knob choice was difficult.  I didn’t have many matching knobs (lots of pairs but not 3 of them). I chose three knobs that were creamy white, similar to the Antique white used in the stripes.  Love how they look against the navy blue.

Here is the final product!

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I love how it looks now!   I decided to go with the imperfections of the desk by distressing it. The desk is perfectly imperfect now! 😉

Hopefully it will find a new home soon.

Laurena