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Milk Paint Pain Management

Yes, you read the title right!

You know refinishing furniture is your passion when you use milk paint for pain management...and it worked! I've had the chills, fever, aches, yadda yadda since the weekend. I got sick of moping around the house feeling sorry for myself and figured perhaps getting lost in some milk paint might help forget my misery.
Box Store Table painted with milk paint

I bought this inexpensive table at a box store because it fit our budget at the time and I liked that it had a drawer to house the TV remote and a nice little shelf on the bottom.  I loved the function of the table but thought it looked kind of cheap.


Box store table before

Because this table was finished in a dark stain, I gave the entire table a coat of shellac to avoid any stain bleed.  I used Miss Mustard Seed's™ Milk Paint and added some Bonding Agent to the paint to ensure good adhesion.  I painted it with Lucketts Green and Ironstone White.  Once dry I gave it a little distressing with fine sandpaper to reveal some of the dark red stain underneath.  Then I gave it a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's ™ Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.

I added a pretty glass knob and voila - she has some personality and ain't looking so cheap anymore!
Box store table after being painted with milk paint

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Curbside Tilt Top Table

My heart was pounding when Mr. Frugalista brought this tilt top table with drop leafs home. It was sitting curbside with a Take Me sign at the end of our neighbor's driveway. No twisting my arm! We were in need of a small side table in our living room and this fit the bill perfectly. But first, this little Curbside Find Flip Top Table needed some TLC.

Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table Makeover

A Curbside Tilt Top Table Makeover


Prepping the table for paint

This is what the table looked like when we got it. After cleaning the table with warm soapy water, I removed the glossy finish with a liquid Deglosser. Next, I patched the knicks and scratches with Dynamic Dyna Patch filler.

Curbside Tilt Top Table prepped for paint

Apply first coat of chalk paint

I brushed two light coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Pure White.

Drop leaf table with white base coat

Top coat of chalk paint

Once the white was completely dry, I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a beautiful red color called Emperor's Silk on both the table top and feet.

Curbside Tilt Top Table chalk painted red and white

Changing the plan to a white scalloped border

As often happens midway through a project, I changed my mind and decided the scalloped edge looked better painted white.

Curbside drop leaf table chalk painted

Adding stencil detail to the top

Once it was painted the top felt like it needed something. I found a Damask stencil at Michaels and using more of the Pure White chalk paint, I dabbed the paint on with a stencil brush. The trick to stenciling is having very little paint on the brush to avoid paint bleed. One stencil down!

Stenciling a curbside drop leaf table

Once all the stencils were applied and the paint was dry, I lightly distressed the table around the scalloped edges, base, and feet with a fine grit sanding block.

Curbside Til Top Table After Makeover

Protecting the finish

The entire table was protected with Miss Mustard Seed's Clear Beeswax and buffed to a matte finish. To give the table an aged appearance, I applied a light coat of dark wax and wiped away the excess. It added so much depth to the red chalk paint.

Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table

I love this table - it's one of my favorites in our living room. Having a small footprint in our living room it's nice to be able to drop the sides so it doesn't take up as much room when not in use.

Curbside Tilt Top Table After

If you saw this table at the side of the curb, would you have picked it up?

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