From Dark to Light

7.18.2013

When I painted the sitting room I decided it was time for this end table to get updated. I had been thinking for a long time about painting it black, but it already didn't show up in a dark stain.

See it over there in this old photo? No, not very easily. So I knew lighter was the way to go.

I wanted a worn chippy look so I pulled out my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Grain Sack.

 This table started getting the peeling look pretty good. In fact it started completely coming off and I had to start over on the two sides. Sometimes I get no flaking and other times it all flakes.

This side was still flaking a bit too much so I just waited and then brushed some more paint over the big dark spots. I like the way it turned out. I waxed the whole piece with MMS wax tinted black with the milk paint powder in Typewriter. I love the pretty gray color it made.

I left the drawers in the original finish.

The handles were black so I added some gold guilding paste to them.






Only problem is the chippy goodness on the sides can't be seen. Hmmm, may need to swap something out somewhere.

Have a great Thursday and be sure to come check out my guest blogger's beautiful favorite room tomorrow.

Sharing at the following:
French Country Cottage
Miss Mustard Seed
Common Ground



If you need any MMM paints or waxes you can find them here.

43 comments:

  1. Your table turned out great, Kim! I love the paint color with the drawers left as they were. A great contrast and it really shows up well now! ~~Angela

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  2. Nice lighter and brighter room. You were right... the dark stain did keep the table 'hidden'. Now it calls attention to it's pretty little self.
    Luv the brighter look Kim.
    Hugs, Gee

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  3. So sweet in it's lighter look Kim~ love the different finishes together

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  4. Wow Kim what a difference a lighter color does for this piece. I love the ligher color and the chippiness. It really shines now in your room.
    So pretty.
    Kris

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  5. It looks great Kim...love the lighter look!

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  6. It turned out great Kim! I love the color you choose for it. You can not miss it in the corner now.

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  7. Kim, I really like the colors you used in this room... traditional styling with some very updated colors. I'm hoping I can learn to use MMS paint at Haven. I have a couple of pieces that would look great chippy like yours!!!!
    Another very nice project!

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  8. I like it white. I think I am the only person who has never tried MMS. I must catch up with the times.

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  9. I love the contrast of the wood against that pretty light color! Yeah, it's hard to miss it now.

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  10. Ugh that table!!! Just love it!

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  11. Love the table, Kim. I love the contrast between the drawers and the rest.

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  12. Another fabulous project! Love the color and thanks for the tip about the gilding paste! Hugs.

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  13. I love this makeover! The drawers really pop and now the table pops in the room. Great job!

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  14. love the color and how it turned out. shabby, chippy is the best!

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  15. LOVE this! The chippy, light paint is perfect and I always love leaving some of the natural wood if I can. Looks awesome in your room!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  16. That's such a great way to transform a traditional table into something more country. I like the way you left the drawers unpainted too.

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  17. It's lovely Kim. I've never used Milk Paint, very pretty finish.

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  18. The table turned out fabulous, Kim! And I love the gallery wall in this sitting room. Your ceilings are so tall!!
    x Loi

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  19. What a fantastic finish... and room! The side table really pops now. The colors and patterns of the new couch pillows are really nice and that area rug is just gorgeous... love the touches of red, especially with your red chair.

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  20. I love this room, Kim. It feels so cozy and welcoming and makes me want to put my feet up. The table looks great. I am SURE you will move it:):)

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  21. I like the paint choice and I think I like it lighter of course anything you have looks fabulous

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  22. I love the way it turned out. I really like that you kept the drawer fronts stained.

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  23. Looks fantastic! I have so many pieces of furniture that need painting...

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  24. The table looks fabulous. I love that you left the drawers in their natural stained finish. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  25. Ohhhhh......I love the color you painted the table....so pretty! The whole room is just GORGEOUS!!!!!
    ~Des

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  26. Looks great Kim..especially next to the sofa...really pops now!...and I always love seeing your great antique book collection displayed throughout the house!

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  27. Oh I like that Kim! It sure makes a big difference and I like that you left the drawers in the original stain. Beautiful!

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  28. oh ah it is such a cutie. Love the way it turned out and really love that you left the drawers alone.

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  29. Great job on that table, Kim. The new lighter color really does make it come to life!

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  30. I LOVE how this turned out! I really like that MMS paint color and I am going to have to get some of that guilder's paste! Your table really stands out now. Great job, as always!

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  31. Kim your table turned out perfectly! So exciting to introduce a new look & color into your home!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designers Series & Giveaway

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  32. So pretty! You did such a great job ;)
    Jamie @ Better With Age

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  33. Looks awesome! May have to give that paint a try!

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  34. She's a real beauty! No one could miss that "baby" in the corner now!

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  35. I love the lighter look and the table! I'm doing the same thing to my living room. The gold taupe color is going and is now a light grayish color. This past week, the dark coffee table was moved out and a chest is currently getting a makeover with a white chippy look!

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  36. It looks fantastic Kim, I like how you left the drawers the original stain.

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  37. You always do the best makeovers, Kim. I love it, but you're right- it's a shame to hide all that chippy goodness. :)

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  38. It's great to see how you and others are coloring your own waxes, using paint! Turned out nicely!

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  39. Definitely shows up much better now. xo Laura

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  40. I really love it Kim....such a warm contrast, beautiful room for it!

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  41. I love the contrast you created with the drawers.

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  42. You need to teach classes Kim. Your furniture makeovers are always so good. Love the way you kept the drawers in their original finish, and also that you gilded the handles. It's beautiful. Well done!

    Debbie

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