I have been slaving away all summer on our small apartment transformation. And believe me I could not have picked a worst time because the summer heat is not your friend when you are trying to sand furniture.
You may remember a few of the projects that I had already done like the Happy Chairs and the Beach Table! We had gone to Ikea to order a Kitchen that we are in the process of putting together now and I had spotted this small shelving unit, the Hejne. I knew I could improve on it with a bit of paint and I had just the spot for it.
What I used:
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Driftwood (Safepaint version)
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Snow White (Safepaint version)
- Paint brush
- sand paper 220
- Daddy Van’s All Natural Beeswax
The milk paint comes in plastic bags so I usually transfer it into jars.
I knew that I would be painting it from the start so it was not really a deterrent. I chose to look at it as a blank canvas.
The How To:
After the first coat I added more white to the paint mixture to make it even lighter because when it is dry it does tend to become a bit darker. And we have to keep in mind that the sealant will also darken it a bit.
Once dry you can still see the wood grain underneath.
I just read this again and realize that I am making no sense whatsoever. Is it farmhouse or salty nautical I’m after? I guess the heat has melted my brain a bit.
A bit of styling and I was done! I guess that solved the farmhouse vs. nautical dilemma.
The wood grain does show through and it looks so much better than what I had originally envisioned.
Would you have painted it a solid color or do you like my method with the wood grain showing through?
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