When my husband visited the boys last year he went on a walk and came home with all sorts of goodies – actually the neighbors were moving. The mirror below was one of them. He told me “when you go to New York make sure to go to the basement and see what I have for you.”
How lucky can a girl get? And so today I’ll show you a mirror makeover with Old Fashioned Milk Paint.
Like I said, I was nervous. I didn’t want to mess it up.
I watched videos and asked my friends. And then the big moment came and I opened up the bag with the sealed plastic bag inside. I measured it out and added one part OFMP in Oyster White and one part warm water. I stirred it for a few minutes and then let it rest about 20 minutes.
Now here’s the thing. Milk paint is meant to be used on porous surfaces. It will penetrate the wood and stay on. However, if you have a finish on your piece then once you use the milk paint it will chip off and leave that wonderful chippy look we all love so much which is in style now. In fact you can see what it looks like on my friend Cynthia’s blog, Clockwork Interiors.
If you don’t want that particular look you can use the “Safe Paint” version of true milk paint. This will create a bonding agent for the paint and make sure that it stays on your furniture. In fact it was specially made for walls. Or you can just buy the bonding agent separately and add it to the paint mixture.
My mirror was porous, but I was not totally sure so I decided to use the “Safe Paint” version. Also I was lazy and didn’t feel like sanding it.
The nice thing about this paint is that it goes on smoothly and penetrates the wood. I had mixed it on the thin side because I wanted it to look a little like a wash. But you can always add more powder to give it a thicker consistency. It is very forgiving.
I then added a second thin coat of paint and let it dry.
This is the reality photo. No staging here. He’s got his books, pens and a stereo system with the speakers on top. It may not be as pretty as the staged photos but it is reality. And it is still tons better than the brown disaster I showed you last week.
I hope that answers your much asked question about his books. Did you think that I would throw them out?
I have to admit that it was not as scary as I thought. If a newbie like me can tackle this so can you! And the mirror makeover with Old Fashioned Milk Paint turned out pretty good considering this was my first attempt. Have you ever tried Milk Paint?
Go on over to Cynthia’s blog,Clockwork Interiors and see how she uses OFMP. I still have a way to go before I get to her level.
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