I got this waterfall hutch from the same people I bought the grey and wood buffet from. They buy furniture from auctions then sell it for a slight profit, but their prices still beat other craigslist items. This piece was not listed yet, but I made an offer on it and came back the next week to pick it up.
The wood was in great condition other than a few scuffs and scratches. The biggest problem was the missing glass. It broke when they had first moved it, but I had some ideas for what to put in its place.
- Chicken Wire
- New piece of glass
- Radiator covering
- Leave it open
I wanted some chipping on this piece so I did not use the bondng agent. There were a few small areas with very, very small chips, but nothing you can see when you stand back. I am good with that though. The wood still shows through in spots and the paint has so much character by itself. It gives it that weathered, cottage feel. I left everything to dry and the next day I noticed weird yellowish-brown spots that started coming through the paint. It was just in a few areas, but when I checked on it a few hours later there were tons of large patches where the weird coloring was coming through. I have had bleed through before on pieces, but it is usually with dark, more red or oil based stains.
I decided to use another color of milk paint on top to help cover these spots. One of the other colors of paint I had was Soldier Blue by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. I decided to just paint one coat on over the already waxed previous color. I let it dry over night and checked it in the morning. There was a ton of chipping. It seems like this brand chips more, and in bigger patches than the Real Milk Paint does. Here is what I saw.
The top chipped the most, everywhere else a good amount, but the sides… not so much. My first reaction was… “I can deal with this” and as the day went on I really started to like it. I think I like that is is not wood, but two different blue-ish layers of paint. I sanded everything to get all the flakes off. The garage floor was covered (which I cleaned it up with the shop vac). Previously when I have used milk paint I seal it with SC Johnson Paste wax, but it seems to dry the paint out when it dries. I wanted to try linseed or tung oil, but don’t want to take the time to order it or pay for the shipping. I decided to use what we had, and after refreshing the finish on my MC Danish modern dresser I just got, I decided to try orange oil on it.
I’m sure people are going tell me why this is a bad idea, or why I should use a different type of oil… but it worked fine! (You are more than welcome to leave feedback about using oil as a finish for milk paint) It deepens the color which I really liked, and the paint and wood absorb it in so the finish in not left oily. I also used Minwax Paste Wax as a sealer over the orange oil after it has soaked in and dried. I took some pictures so you could see the difference between was has been oiled and not oiled. (In the first on the little section on the right has been oiled, and in the second picture the top part has been oiled)
I added chicken wire to keep that open feel. The chicken wire actually came from the senior prank my class did last year. When we were cleaning up no one wanted it and I knew I cold find a use for it, so I took it. It had actually been in the yard for a month or so blocking a gap in the fence so our bunny (Basil) can’t escape when she gets to run around. It had leaves and twigs stuck in it 🙂 My mom helped me cut and then staple it in behind the door. We also thought putting a neutral cream fabric behind the shelves would look good. The fabric is held in by a few staples that are hidden, and the shelves help keep it in as well.
I had filled the inner holes left from the original hardware before I painted since I knew I was going to use new hardware. I picked out some new knobs from my stash to put in place of the old ones. It just freshens things up! I love the way the white pops agains the paint. It brings it all together!
Have you tried using some type of oil over milk paint, or have you only used wax before? What is your go to sealer for painted furniture?