When John and I started this adventure, milk paint was all the rage. John, a cabinet maker, and former antique dealer HATED the idea of painting wood. But I saw a ‘cuteness’ in redoing an old wood piece with a coat of paint. However, after using milk paint for awhile, I lost my fondness for it. I found the tops would mark, or chip. They easily scratched. So I went to latex paints for a while and found I preferred that look. The chippy and heavy distress look then became the new look, and so we did a few of these but>>>>
I still wasn’t happy. We found antique sewing machines and John thoroughly embraced the redesign of these antiques. He made wood tables, wine racks, cabinet top tables. John had a ball. He even refinished a few when the oak stain did not sell. He went to the more modern dark walnut/ mission stain. After John went through his Treadle Sewing Machine phase,
I even did a couple with paint and waxes- The blue lady has a white base with gold waxes, and the blue cabinet is glazed and waxed.
After we got the treadle tables out of our system: we made a total of twenty of these. We still have these two, and a wine rack and walnut one left. We got an order for a farmhouse table. And John being John, he made two. We have a gorgeous cedar one left with the richest JavaStain finish. I wish I had room for this table and bench. It is, in my opinion, the best-looking piece.
Next, we got an order from a shop to make some dining tables with a stained top and painted bottom. I knew we could get a beautiful and durable wood finish and we could paint the bases and accompanying chairs. I loved that look. We still have two of these tables now. A larger table, around 6 ft long, which could accommodate eight. The top is a rich walnut stain, and we painted the apron and legs a creamy white. This contract formalized a decision for me. I knew I now really preferred the option of wood and paint!
And he made a smaller table for a kitchen or small dining area of about five feet long- a gorgeous custom walnut stain which shows the grain of the wood beautifully. Again the apron and legs are painted a creamy white.
I still wanted to have other furniture with this wood and paint -look, which I found exciting…The best of Two worlds- Wood ‘N” Paint. Which do you prefer?
One of my goals for this summer is to create some pieces with this look. I have a jewelry armoire in the works. I still want to paint my bathroom sink cabinet a gray, beige color in milk paint. I am always updating my redecorating of the condo. And there is the garden to start, and I want to learn to make bread and……
Thanks for reading. Do you like painted furniture? If so, which do you prefer; all paint or wood and paint?
Take good care