A little table painted in Homestead House milk paint

Before photo - table painted in Homestead House milk paint - via My Painted Door (.com)

Spring is on it's way. Soon we will be gardening, painting outside and indulging on sundaes. I can't wait!

I am sure you all remember my pal, Gillian, who helps me around my shop. Gillian has been playing around with different techniques using milk paint and painting on a variety of surfaces. I asked Gillian to go to my back 40 and pick out something small she wanted to paint and she chose this little table.

painting with Homestead House milk paint - via My Painted Door (.com)

Gillian decided to paint it with Homestead House milk paint in Waterloo Green. The table was previously varnished so some decisions had to be made. Gillian chose not to do any prep work to the table (except wipe it clean). The look she was going for was "chippy" ... and did she ever get chippy!

table painted with Homestead House milk paint in waterloo green - via My Painted Door (.com)

Gillian painted on two coats of paint and then sanded with 220 grit sandpaper. Because the surface was fairly glossy, the milk paint did it's thing and randomly chipped off in some areas. We both loved the chippy look! I love the fact that it looks so weathered and it only took a couple hours as opposed to many years to achieve this well worn look. 

table painted with Homestead House milk paint in waterloo green - via My Painted Door (.com)

The table was then protected with Miss Mustard Seed's tung oil which is great for outdoor projects. (I have a feeling this little table may end up in my garden this spring).

table painted with Homestead House milk paint in waterloo green - via My Painted Door (.com)

My creative side of my brain was turned off today and for some reason I could not turn it back on. I tried several ideas to pretty up my photos, but nothing was working for me. Then I remembered I bought this cute little set of sundae cups and decided to use them. I realize they are not china or anything fancy, but I love pink and I thought they were adorable. Wouldn't they be perfect for a little girl's party? Or even a big girl's party!

Blooper photos - table painted with Homestead House milk paint in waterloo green - via My Painted Door (.com)

Blooper! This is some of the stuff I thought I could stage with, but as I said, nothing was coming together for me today.

I have a old wooden armchair with wheels that I like to sit in to take photos. I can easily roll around in it to shoot from different angles. It is my favourite chair. Apparently it is my boy Ollie's favourite chair as well. Every time I would stand up to move something, Ollie would jump up and sit in the chair. I would push him off (gently of course) and I would sit. I would stand, he would sit. REPEAT over and over and over again.

blooper photos - table painted with Homestead House milk paint in waterloo green - via My Painted Door (.com)

I think I am going to get him a little baseball cap that says "director of photography". Maybe even a little shirt that says "I am stubborn".

Posted on March 16, 2015 and filed under milk paint.