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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…

Kids Desk in OFMP

This sweet hand made kids desk was brought to me to custom paint for a customer who is going to donate it to her sons preschool fundraiser. How sweet is that?

Step 1 was to scrub it all down well and do repairs including rebuilding the long drawer shown here glued and clamped and later staples to secure further.

She was open to any colors but mentioned she really liked the fun milk painted end table I just finished. I wanted to use milk paint as the vintage pieces look fabulous in it so chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint in tavern green and federal blue for this desk.

The colors blended so well to give a layered look.

When dry a  sponge sand was done to smooth the surface.

An aerial view show the colors once dry

If you have used milk paint, you know it has a mind of its own and will chip where it wants ;) I did touch up some of the larger areas but in keeping with its age, the chippy paint looks authentic.

To seal it I chose polycrylic for a smooth surface with a semi gloss sheen for a bit of shine. I applied 3 coats with a sand between each when dry for  the perfect durable finish. 

Here it is all ready to head to the fundraiser!

Here it is below in the fundraiser line up where it did really well

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