Monthly Archive: February 2012

A milk painted lamp and other thrifty finds

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful, restful weekend. Last week I was going on and on about the unusual spring-like weather we have been having so far this year. Well, yesterday “Mother Nature” decided to play a cruel joke on us and give us over a foot of snow in one day. I feel better knowing that it is supposed to be warm again next week so hopefully the majority of the snow will melt away.

In my last post I had spoken about my thrifty little hall table that I had painted with milk paint. You can find my previous post here. In case you didn’t know, milk paint is not only for furniture. You can paint almost any porous surface with it. I didn’t mention it last week, but if you would like to use milk paint on a previously finished surface that has been either painted or clear coated, you can also use add a product called Extra Bond to your prepared milk paint. Extra Bond will help to create a strong bond for the milk paint on the surface you are painting.

You can find out more information on milk paint on the Old Fashioned Milk Paint company website, http://www.milkpaint.com/. Be sure to visit their project gallery for some more “eye candy”.

 


 

This candlestick buffet lamp above has a twin which I neglected to take a photo of. These lamps were also painted with milk paint a while back. They originally had an aged greenish-gold finish that didn’t really fit in with my decor.

 

 

 

I made up a small batch of cream milk paint to apply and used a sponge brush to apply a light coat of milk paint on the lamps leaving some of the original finish showing through in spots . I then let the milk paint sit a minute or two on the lamp bases and then took a soft rag and dabbed off the paint here and there to give them an aged finish. This worked out beautifully. You can still see a little bit of the green and gold showing through, but I think it adds to the look I was going for.

 

 

To age the lamps even further, I mixed together some antiquing medium and burnt umber craft paint and applied it to the crevices and raised details removing the excess with a damp rag.

 


 

I am not really in love with the shades that came with the lamps. Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of shade I should try? Should I replace them with different shaped lampshades or instead recover the shades with fabric and use trim to cover the seams?

 

 

At the very back of the above vignette’ is a framed map of Barbados that I had purchased while visiting my Bajan inlaws a couple of years ago. I had it framed at Michaels in a beaded black frame. I really am in love with the antique look the map has and of course it also has sentimental value to me because some of our relatives live there. It reminds me on them when ever I see it. I feel that it is so important to display things in your home that have meaning to you in one way or another.

 

 

The vintage print in front of the framed map was purchased a few weeks ago at an antique mall here in town for only $10.00. It really caught my eye with its creams and browns and of course its original chippy frame!

 


 

I found the wooden pineapple pedestal at a thrift store recently. I plan to paint it in an aged finish in the next week or so and I promise to share a photo of it when I am finished. I think this pedestal will be a very versatile peice for either displaying books or even as a base for my glass cloche. My vintage glitter houses will end up looking great on top of this pedestal during the holiday season.

 

 

The birdy votive holders were a present from my Mom. I painted them in an aged creamy grey finish using craft paint. Having them on display really puts my mind on spring.

What accessories have you started to use lately in your decor that put you in the mood for spring? I think I will need to make a special trip to the greenhouse this week and load up on some colorful flowers to brighten up my home. That should really help!

 

 

 

 

 

Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

Domestically Speaking – Countdown to Spring Party ~ Skip to My Lou – Made By You MondaysCoastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday ~ Homemakers on a Dime – Creative Bloggers’ Party ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff - Market Yourself MondayBetween Naps on the Porch – Metamorphosis Monday ~ Home Stories A to Z – Tutorials & Tips Link Party ~ A Stroll Thru Life – 105th Table Top Tuesday ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ The Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursdays ~Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Embracing Change – Inspired Creations Linky Party ~ Mom 4 Real – 4 Real Friday Link Party ~

 

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Milk painted hall table tutorial

As you may have noticed, we have a new look here at Hooked on Decorating. There are still a few more things to tweak, but in the meantime I have to tell you about this cute little vintage hall table that I found on Kijiji a while back. It was only $10.00 so it was a great thrifty find. Unfortunately, I was in such a rush to paint it that I forgot to take a before photo.

 

 

This table was in good condition but I didn’t care for the dark wood. I decided to paint it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint to bring out the details and its nice shape.

 

 

To start, I gave the table a good cleaning with Natura Safe Prep to remove any dirt and oils. Then I gave it a light sanding, cleaned away any dust with a tack cloth and then primed it with two coats of my favorite dark gray primer. I made sure to sand between coats of primer, again using a tack cloth to remove any sanding dust.

 

 

I then mixed up a batch of milk paint in a custom mixture of chocolate brown, cream and snow white to make a creamy gray colour. I didn’t accurately measure what I was mixing. Don’t take the following measurements as true as I usually wing it most of the time. These measurements are only approximate: two teaspoons of cream, one teaspoon of snow white and about a quarter to a half of a teaspoon of chocolate brown. I mixed the cream and white together first and then added a tiny bit of chocolate brown at a time until I had a colour that I liked.

 

 

Milk paint can be a very lumpy when you mix it and it has a bit of a strong odor to it. To minimize the lumpiness it helps to add a bit of warm water to your mixing container and then gradually by the teaspoon full add your milk paint, mixing it in between additions. There may still be small lumps in the paint. Just mix it as best as you can. The small lumps should smooth out when you paint your piece. I know some people swear by mixing milk paint in a blender or straining it but I haven’t had a chance to try those methods as of yet. I have been very happy with my results thus far.

I usually make enough milk paint to apply at least one full coat to what ever I am painting. If you don’t use all of it, it can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. The next time you go to use it you may need to add a bit of water to thin it down a little. The consistency of your paint should be like thick milk or a thin cream.

 

 

When you are applying the milk paint you may need to give it a stir every once and a while to keep it from getting too thick. I usually use a foam brush on the detailed areas of the piece of furniture and a foam roller on the flat areas. You can also use a paint brush if you wish, but I prefer the foam brush as it minimizes brush strokes.

The first coat of paint can look a little thin and splotchy but the second coat usually covers very well. Your may need to add a third coat just to do the odd touch up. I also make sure that I give the piece a light sanding in between coats to remove any rough spots. As much of a pain as sanding is, the care you take with sanding your piece will ensure that your final finish will be smooth and gorgeous.

 

 

My little table started to crackle after I applied the first coat of paint. That is what I love about milk paint, it takes on a look of its own. No two pieces of furniture will be alike. By the second coat, my table had an all-over gorgeous crackle effect. I then distressed the edges of the table with a flat sanding block, sanding in the areas that would receive more wear like the edges of the table and the bottom of the legs.

To bring out the details in the crackle I then applied some antiquing glaze mixed with a burnt umber craft paint. Making sure to work in one small area at a time, I applied the glaze mixture with a sponge brush and then I removed what was on the surface with a damp rag. I left excess glaze in the crevices to give it more of an aged appearance.

 

 

Milk paint dries with a very flat finish, therefore it needs to be top coated to avoid water spots and stains. After my table was good and dry, I applied three coats of satin Polyacrylic for protection. Then to top it off, I applied some of my Town Talk Lavender Furniture Cream (made with carnuba wax, beeswax, and almond and olive oils) over top, buffing in between coats. This gave the table a hand-rubbed finish.

 

 

Dry milk paint powder can be stored for a long period of time if kept dry and in a sealed container. You need only mix up what you need to use at that moment. A little goes a long way. Milk paint is also non-toxic, so it is a wonderful finish to use on children’s furniture and toys.

 

Have you had a chance to try milk paint? If you have, I would love to hear about your experiences. If you haven’t, I hope what I have said will convince you to give it a try. It is one of my favorite paints to use for a time-worn aged finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

Home Stories A 2 Z – Tutorials & Tips Link Party ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Link Party ~ Delightful Order – Delightfully Inspiring Thursday ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Domestically Speaking – 114th Power of Paint Party ~ Skip to My Lou – Made By You Mondays ~ Embracing Change – Inspired Creations Link Party  ~ The Trendy Treehouse – Create and Share ~ The Shady Porch – Rock N’ Share ~ Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday ~ Vintage Wanna Bee – Talent Tuesdays ~ House of Hepworths – Hookin Up With the HoH ~ The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday ~ The Brambleberry Cottage – Time Travel Thursday ~ Beyond the Picket Fence – Under $100 Link Party ~ Faded Charm – White Wednesday ~ Restore Interiors – Restored It Wednesday ~ Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday ~ The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday  ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt it Friday ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ Mom 4 Real – 4 Real Friday Link Party ~ Days of Chalk and Chocolate – Latest Greatest Friday ~Thrifty Decor Chick – March Before and After Party ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons – One Project at a Time ~


  

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A new look

Over the next couple of days we will be working on our new look. It will take us a little while to work out the kinks.

Please stop over once the changes have been made and let us know what you think.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Thrifty dresser transformation

I hope you are having a great weekend so far. It was a beautiful day here today, with the sun shining and a nice warm breeze. We have been very lucky so far this winter. For the most part, it has been one of the warmest winters that we have experienced in many years. Over the past month it has been feeling like spring is on its way, even though we technically still have another two months before its spring here in western Canada.

All of this warm weather has had me itching to get into my garage to work on some of my painting projects. Over the winter, I have been using my basement laundry room as a make-shift painting area. I am definitely missing working outside, but the current set-up will have to do for now.

Last summer, I came across this solid oak dresser on Kijiji. It was only $25 and it looked to be in good condition, so I quickly messaged the lady that was selling the dresser that I was interested, and two hours later it was mine.

Here is the before picture of the dresser from the ad on Kijiji. It is not a great picture, but it should give you an idea what I was working with. I had a plan to paint the body of the dresser a creamy-grey colour with a dark stained top.

 

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And now I give you the after…

What a difference adding paint and stain can make! This dresser was first painted in two coats of dark grey primer. Then I made a white-wash mixture with cream paint and a little bit of water and painted the base of the dresser, rubbing off the paint in spots as it dried with a downward sweeping motion. This aging technique covered up the majority of the oak wood grain with some of the gray primer and just a hint of texture showing through.

 

 

I stained the top of the dresser with a dark walnut gel stain. I really love the way it turned out!

 

 

Finally, the dresser was then given a distressed finish, allowing the dark gray primer to show through and many layers of clear coat were applied for protection.

 

 

 

The original hardware on the dresser was a little chunky for the look I was going for. I wanted something a little more feminine and with a bit of a design. I purchased new knobs and ring pulls from Lee Valley. They only came in a aged brass finish so I set out to paint them so they would contrast nicely with the dresser finish.

 

After priming the hardware with black metal primer, I painted them with a couple of thin coats of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Then to give them a bit more definition, I lightly applied AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish, Spanish Copper, 0.05-Fluid Ounce to the raised areas. When the hardware was good and dry, I then sprayed two coats of clear coat over top of the hardware for durability.

 

 They have so much richness now with a touch of glitz.

 

I am really happy the way that this little dresser turned out. It provides a lot of storage space and I love that it is a versatile piece of furniture that I could see myself using almost anywhere in my house.

 

 

The antique chair to the right of the dresser is also one of my thrifty finds. I haven’t decided yet if I will be reupholstering or slip covering it to have it tie in more with my decor.

The accessories on top of the dresser are a sneak peak for my next post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and long weekend if you are from Canada.

 

 

 

 

Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

Mom 4 Real – 4 Real Friday Link Party ~ Remodelaholic – Remodelaholic’s Anonymous ~ Be Different Act Normal – Show and Tell Saturdays ~ Mum of All Trades – Weekend Wonders Blog Link Party ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Link Party ~ Delightful Order – Delightfully Inspiring Thursday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Flaunt it Friday ~ Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Beyond the Picket Fence – Under $100 Link Party ~ Faded Charm – White Wednesday ~~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday~ Restore Interiors – Restored It Wednesday ~Thrifty Decor Chick – March Before and After Party ~ 

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The perfect peice

I recently posted about one of my all-time favorite finds, an antique Knectel buffet-turned TV cabinet. You can read about how I came across this beautiful buffet here.

It caught my eye with its great curves and raised mouldings. Its style, size and the storage space it offered were also perfect for what I had in mind as a cabinet for our recently purchased flat screen TV. Its current finish though, left a lot to be desired.

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After setting up shop in my garage, I stripped its top in preparation for a dark ebony stain. I then filled the imperfections with wood filler, sanded away what I could of the large burn marks on the top and began to apply the stain. No matter what I did the burn marks would not go away. I tried sanding and again reapplying the stain, with no luck. I decided instead of fighting with it, I would paint the top the same colour as the rest of the buffet; a nice cream with a dark gray base coat.

Here are some photos of the finished cabinet. It is challenging to take a good pictures of this cabinet as my family room is on the north side of my house and it does not have a lot of natural light. If you double-click on each of the photos, you will be able to see a larger size.

 

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In order to leave room for the TV components, I had to remove the top middle drawer. I painted and finished a piece of 1/4″ plywood in the same finish as the cabinet and placed it in the opening to give a strong support for the components and to hide the marks from the drawer glides. I wanted to keep everything intact just in case I wanted to use the cabinet somewhere else in my home in the future. I can easily take out the plywood base and put the drawer back in the cabinet.

 

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The reproduction needlepoint chair (below left) will be getting new upholstery and a new wood finish in the near future. The diamond pattered chair (above right) will be getting a new slipcover to hide its dated fabric. Everything will tie in much better with the rest of the room once I can finally get to these projects. So many projects, so little time!

 

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Anyway, I digress… After two coats of the cream paint, I lightly distressed the finish to show some of the dark gray base coat underneath. It is very subtle but really complements the cabinet and picks up on the accent colours that I have in the room. I also decided to re-use the original hardware to save some money.

 

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I have two rambunctious children in the house so I finished the cabinet in several coats of a durable topcoat. Sanding in between coats really gave it a soft silky finish. I also had a piece of glass cut to protect the top. I think the glass top adds a little bit of glamour as well.

 

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I haven’t yet filled up the cabinet, but I have made a good start with some of my kids’ games and some coordinating baskets from my local Michaels to house some of our DVDs and other electronic gadgets.

 

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Please let me know what you think. I would love to read your comments. :) Next, I will be posting about my vintage oak dresser transformation.

 

 

 

 

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Parties I’ve Linked Up To:

Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays ~ Domestically Speaking - 113th Power of Paint Party ~ The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday ~  Delightful Order – Delightfully Inspiring Thursday ~ Not Just A Housewife – Show Me What Ya Got ~ Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Link Party ~ Mustard Seed Creations – Furniture Feature Friday ~ French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - Flaunt it Friday ~ My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday ~ Mum of All Trades – Weekend Wonders Blog Link Party ~ Be Different Act Normal – Show and Tell Saturdays ~ Remodelaholic – Remodelaholic’s Anonymous ~ Mom 4 Real – 4 Real Friday Link Party ~ Days of Chalk and Chocolate – Latest Greatest Friday ~ Under the Table and Dreaming – The Sunday Showcase Party ~ Common Ground – Vintage Inspiration ~ Thrifty Decor Chick – March Before and After Party ~

 

 

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