Just Go With The Flow

5.08.2014

When I started my latest project of painting the green guest room a new lighter color I had no idea how much I would love the change. I had thought about painting it for awhile and kept putting it off. Then the MOOD STRUCK! So I went with it and am glad I did. Well, of course one project leads to another and another and so on. Today I want to show how I transformed this nightstand that was looking pretty pitiful and was not going to work in the new room.

This nightstand is the very first piece I painted with milk paint and I obviously had no clue what I was doing. You can read the original post and the mishaps here.

This piece is one of those that feels like it is made out of plastic. Even though this is by Thomasville it isn't solid wood and has that factory finish. Well, I should have either sanded the original finish or added the bonding agent or both before I ever tried the milk paint. As you can see it would not stick.

I love the look of the paint wearing off of old pieces of furniture, but this one just kept peeling so I decided this time to paint over it with chalk paint.

First I sanded the piece all over to knock off the paint that was coming off and then painted with two coats of French Linen ASCP and I used Louis Blue on the drawer centers. I needed a bit of color on this piece since the walls are very light now and I love this combination.

Well, after leaving this to dry I came back to guess what? Peeling again. The paint was just bubbling up and coming off so I sanded again all over and painted another coat on.

And it peeled in even more spots. So I said heck with it and just sanded and sanded and then waxed it.

And you know what? I like it. I love the way it looks like a really old piece with the paint worn off and you can see the layers of different colors.

Just a little bit of white paint was still hanging on here.

I also added a bit of gold guilding paste to the handles.

Look at that shine. I buffed and buffed.

If this looks like an old antique with wear from years of aging then I did my job.
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow because I was not starting over.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another fab favorite room.

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34 comments:

  1. Kim, that turned out looking just awesome! From pretty pitiful to, oh so pretty!
    Nancy
    xo

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  2. I love the way it eventually turned out Kim!

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  3. Looking good, Kim. You are the master at furniture transformations!!!!

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  4. Well there's another unintended masterpiece!....I love the color combination...Turned out beautiful!!!

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  5. It looks fabulous, I like the worn chippy look and great color.

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  6. That piece just didn't want to get painted did it? I like the new look. I like how it's not perfect anyway.

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  7. I love this finish so much, but every time I fall in love with something with a weathered patina, I always have to laugh at what my grandmothers would have thought! - "Why do you like that old beat-up furniture? Don't you want something new?"
    Hahaha!

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  8. Pretty.. luv the chippy look.

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  9. I actually really, really love how old and chippy it looks. Great colors, too!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  10. I really like how this piece turned out, Kim. It has so much character!
    Mary Alice

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  11. I like the colors you chose and the touch of gold on the hardware…charming!

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  12. Love it Kim...the chippy paint and the colors!
    Kristi

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  13. Kim, I had a similar experience with my closet door...and guess what? I never changed it and when we sold our home it was the one thing that everyone loved...even the men, who never notice anything. Who knew? Cheryl Ann

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  14. You're so good at this! I love the chippy finish!!

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  15. I looks awesome!!... you can't screw anything up, who are you kidding? Love it.

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  16. I think you ahve just the greatest outlook on this project, Kim! How nice it turned out delightfully chippy, too. I love all the extra colours peeking through.

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  17. It did turn out great! I have to say you have patience when it comes to painting projects. I'd be inclined to head towards the trash can if it didn't work quickly. I do not like those projects but I love to look at them.

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  18. I absolutely love how it turned out! I also love that you can still see some milk paint peeking through. The gold on the handles was a great call too. Just shows that you have to wait for inspiration to strike!

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  19. Considering the mishaps and the frustration it did turn out quite nicely.

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  20. A lovely finish. You always inspire me when you show us your wonderful projects.

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  21. Kim,
    I have to say I loved the piece all chippy the way you had it but I have to say the new color scheme with the chippiness is really pretty awesome. I came out really great.
    Kris

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  22. Kim, you bet it looks like a real deal old piece! I just love it too! Some times things just work out!

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  23. Your 'mistake' turned out to be gorgeous! I wish I could make mistakes like that, mine just end up looking likel real mistakes lol.

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  24. I love how it turned out Kim! Now you've got me rethinking about a little table that I plan to repaint tomorrow! The current paint is chipping and I may just go with it!

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  25. Your chest looks great! Funny how sometimes mishaps turn out to be the best things! BTW: I purchased the 2014 French Country Style magazine and low, and behold, your home was featured in it!! The pics were beautiful. They truly did your home justice - Congratulations!

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  26. I think sometimes other things are meant for us, and we have to stop and let it tell us. You did just that!
    Brenda

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  27. Hi Kim, it looks fabulous.... Like a piece found and afraid to touch the paint job in fear you will mess it up, one of those paint jobs you say to yourself, it's a keeper. I loved it weathered beaten looking in white, but the new colour adds just the right kind of rightness to it.

    Love your style and all you inspire.

    Xx
    Dore

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  28. You were so patient with this piece! And I love how the blue and the grey look on the wood.

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  29. I love it!!!! It looks so great. :)

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  30. What a happy accident! If I saw that in a store, I'd snap it up! Beautiful!

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  31. You may want to try using Liquid Sandpaper in the future. It works great for me to take the shiney finish off so paint will stick. Your piece looks really nice!!!

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  32. Always a trial and error.
    I just finished one of those myself!

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