Well what I love to do, if you hadn't already noticed is put a graphic on my pieces - this project was an old 1930's oak sideboard an an oak refectory table and lent itself beautifully to some vintage typography.
I chose 2 colours, as the sideboard was R-E-A-L-L-Y BIG! and I thought 2 colours would break things up a bit and give some definition on the decorative bits, so I went for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint - Shutter Gray & Grain Sack. - a winning combination of grays.
I decided not to use any Bonding Agent as I wanted to let this piece distress as much as possible - well the guy did ask for distressed & shabby chic!
As the original surface was very shiny - particularly the top of the sideboard, I sanded the top right back to the bare wood - it was a gorgeous thick chunky oak top so I knew it would sand well, and made the perfect surface for a Graphics Fairy graphic, to tie the 2 pieces together I decided to put the full version of the graphic on the table top, and just the main title on the sideboard.
I finished both the top on the sideboard and the table top with Danish Oil, as this is hard wearing and will protect the wooden surfaces from heat and and spillages.
This is what the sideboard looked like before:
Here's a close up of the chipping on the legs/base of the table, it really looks authentic. Milk Paint is such a great product to achieve this look without having to sand back to the bear wood, which always looks a little un-natural to me
I think my next milk paint project is going to be somewhat smaller!
Bye for now