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Antique Serving Cart

Follow along to see how this antique cart was given a fun farmhouse finish.

I purchased this sweet antique wheeled cart and as soon as I brought it home my youngest daughter asked for it for Christmas as a plant stand in her new apartment. When asked what colors she saw it in, she instantly said white and dark stain.

As with all my pieces, especially the old antiques that have seen years of wear and use I scrub them thoroughly. You can in the still photo and the video just how much grime and dirt comes off.


Next I removed the bottom shelf for easier stripping and staining. Both flat surfaces were stripped with paint stripper then power sanded smooth. The corners on the top surface with the raised edges required hand sanding to get into the tight corners.


Once the sanding was complete and the whole piece wiped down again to remove any sanding dust it was time to stain. I chose my go to Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in the color cappuccino. See a farmhouse h…

Old Fashioned Milk Paint pitch black beauty


Classic black, goes with everything and always in style. They say every room should have a piece of black to anchor it. Black just so happens to be my daughters complimentary color to her favorite purple. So when she found the perfect styled bed frame but it was in a yellow with hand painted pink flowers she turned to paint to make it the perfect new addition to her room.


Under my tutelage of private lessons, she began by giving the head and foot board a good power sanding and scrub down.


I made her up the Old Fashioned Milk Paint in pitch black and off she went. Two coats worked well drying about an hour in between. I love sharing with others how worthwhile it is to relove a piece.



The next day I started the sealing process choosing tung oil (available thru OFMP) to keep the black deep and rich looking. The tung oil is thick; I found the brush left allot on so used it only for grooves and creases and uses a soft rag to apply everywhere else.


half on half plaint milk paint



Leaving it sit for an hour or so I went back and wiped the excess off with a clean rag and left over night to dry. The next day I repeated the wipe on wipe off routine and again left to dry. The weather is cooler now so like the bottle says the curing time is very slow but after 3 days drying I hauled it into the house for warmer temps and snapped a few pics.




There seems to be an issue with tung oil and the underlying finish. Even though it was lightly sanded prior to painting black, the finish has something that is resisting absorption of the oil and leaving hazy marks even after a week of drying.


After consulting with the OFMP experts, I rubbed it all down really well with fresh rags and left to dry longer


Then went over it all with Daddy Van's black wax, shown here on half


I gave it a couple days to dry as it too takes longer and sent to the owner (who also happens to be my eldest daughter) to set it up and let it dry further.






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  1. Hi Lee Ann. Did you know that you can thin out tung oil with mineral spirits? I've found that it's much easier to work with that way. Your bed looks lovely, by the way! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

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    1. I did read that and will try in the future, thanks!!

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