Two antique school desks get a makeover with milk paint

Before photo of an antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood.

A few days ago I had the perfect day! Some friends of mine, Cathy and Guy Avis, hung out at my shop all afternoon and played with milk paint. I have known Cathy and Guy since 1985 when I first moved to Thunder Bay to go to college. I met them through my aunt and they generously offered to let me stay at their home for a couple weeks until I found an apartment. Well, I never left and a couple weeks turned into a couple years!

At that time, Cathy and Guy's son, Tyler, was 4 years old.  Fast forward 30 years and now Tyler is married and has his own children, Zakk and Drew.

Quite some time ago Cathy and Guy bought two antique school desks they wanted to paint for their grandchildren and we finally set a date to play paint.

Before photo of an antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood.

Neither of them had painted furniture before and they were thrilled with the results! 

The first desk was painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood.

To be honest, if I had to do a breakdown of who painted the two desks, it would go something like this.

Cathy 80%
Guy 19%
Me 1%

But, I did other very important things! I was the comic relief,  the instructor (the bossy one) and the decision maker when it came to where we would have dinner afterwards. All very important things, don't you think?

Before photo of an antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Flow Blue.

This was desk number two. 

Antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Flow Blue.

Cathy chose Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Flow Blue. Isn't it gorgeous?

Antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Flow Blue.

Both desks were absolutely charming and had little slots to put pencils or chalk.

Antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Flow Blue.

Both desks also had a great little drawer on the side. I love the old drawer pulls too!

The desks were finished with Hemp Oil.

Antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood.

Due to time issues, we didn't spend much time staging the photos. We just grabbed a few books and I snapped a few photos. This was a test shot where I was playing with the lighting, but I liked it anyway (although most of Guy is cut off). There's just something about the photo. I think it shows the gentle side of Guy as he is carefully placing the books on the desk. Guy looks like a giant in this photo, but he is not. The chair is quite small. Really. 

Antique school desk painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Boxwood.

And this photo certainly shows the mischievous side of Guy! As usual, Cathy is her happy happy self!

Although we don't see each other as often as we would like, our friendship has lasted through the years. We always seem to pick up where we left off, never missing a beat. Now that's special.

Before and after photos of two antique school desks painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colours Boxwood and Flow Blue
Posted on March 8, 2017 and filed under milk paint.