Sometimes I like to work on small projects like this little milking stool. It was fun, simple to do and quick!
I picked up the stool on kijiji for $15. I don't know about you guys, but I am not very good at bartering. Whether it is kijiji or a yard sale, I always seem to just pay the asking price if it is reasonable. I envy those who are good at bartering!
Anyway, the stool was a perfect candidate to create a chippy look using milk paint. It was previously varnished and was still quite shiny in areas.
Other than wiping the the stool off with a damp cloth to remove dust, I didn't do any other prep work.
I mixed up Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in artissimo and put on one coat of paint. As the paint was drying, I could see that the paint was already starting to chip off in some areas.
You will notice that when you paint with more vibrant milk paint colours such as artissimo, flow blue and tricycle, the paint appears to be much lighter than you expect. It is only when you wax or oil your piece that the colours come to life.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded the stool with 220 grit sandpaper and wiped off the dust with a rag.
I then applied MMSMP Furniture Wax as a topcoat. Note: I would not recommend using Hemp Oil over a "chippy" piece, as Hemp Oil can seep under the paint and it may continue to chip. MMSMP Tough Coat is also another great product to use over chippy paint.
It took me less than an hour to do this project. Sweet! I love instant results.
I also took a few photos of the old books I staged on top of the stool. I have to admit, I have thing for old books, school books in particular.
The copyright date in this book is 1935 and the price 19 cents! The most recent magazine I bought was $15.99. Wow!
The copyright on this book is 1889. It is over 125 years old and although it has some water damage, it is still pretty darn cool.
I am quite fascinated with the names that are often written inside of old books. I can't quite figure out what the first name is on this book, but the surname is Hogarth from Boissevain, Manitoba.
I am also very intrigued by the penmanship. Somehow I can imagine a young man dipping his quill pen into an ink well and writing his name in the book. This young man was so proud to have bought the book at D.M. Sutherland General Merchants and Stationer and was anxious to start reading it. But, he could hear his father calling him to come outside and finish his farm chores. His book would have to wait, but later that evening he would read it and study it. By candlelight, of course.