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Indian Inlay Stenciled Dresser

  Are you a stencil fan? I used part of the pretty  Indian inlay   stencil  from  Cutting Edge Stencils   and warm white paint to give this little wooden dresser some pizzaz. The cut glass knobs added glam! Subscribe to this  Blog   ~    Follow me on  Instagram   Follow me on  Pinterest  ~ Follow me on  Facebook Follow me on   Hometalk   ~  Visit  my  Etsy Store Email me SCRUB, scrub and scrub some more. Every piece that I do gets a complete scrub inside out and upside down with warm water,  Fusion TSP Alternative  and a scrub brush then rinsed clean. Seeing it was wood veneer it was dried with a soft towel right away to prevent any lifting. Areas around the knobs were gouged so wood filler was used to fill then sanded smooth when dry. As per usual there is always one drawer that needs regluing and the bottom drawer flattened. I use a gallon paint can with newspaper between it and the drawer after scrubbed. The top had water marks that were not removed during scrubbing and not wanting

Milk Painted MCM Desk

This little beauty was given to me as is, legless again like the MCM dresser I recently did. I could see the potential in this desk just like I did the dresser.

Without legs the lower veneer edges had chipped and missing areas that were filled with my handy DAP wood pro-x. Areas of veneer that had lifted were glued with Titebond glue and clamped into pace to drive. I also had 4 new legs in my stash, a pair in two different colors but easily solved with painting.

The entire desk was scrubbed clean with warm soapy water and a scrub brush and once dry, all the wood filled areas were sanded smooth then wiped clean with a micro cloth.

Homestead House milk paint in Quaker blue was the color of choice. Here is the first coat going on.
Milk paint is a 1:1 mix of warm water and paint powder stirred well and left 10 minutes before painting.

I used this gorgeous Quaker blue on this wooden spool turned deck table, sweet little wood treasure box, blended with a green on this antique table, on this vintage window and blended it with dark colors on this upcycled tray

Here is coat #2 going over, see how the wet color (top) is different from the dried. Two coats were applied to the entire desk.

Milk paint absorbs into wood fiber and adheres very well HOWEVER on new smooth surfaces like these new furniture legs the paint will most likely chip off. To prevent this a light sanding gives the smooth glossy surface some texture for the paint to stick to.

And to be double safe I also added Homestead House bonding agent. You can mix this into to the liquid milk paint as per the label.

Milk paint sands soft as butter. Using a sanding sponge lightly sand the piece, this also blends the colors more too. Milk paint has a natural variation in color which is a unique characteristic. In this blue/green color it looks like water ;)

Now to address the original hardware. It is so unique but has seen allot of wear. After a good scrubbing and dried well

Rustoleum metallic spray paint in pure gold was sprayed on in many light layers turning and flipping as you go.

The milk paint was sealed with Homestead House hemp oil brushed on with a chip brush. Allow to soak in 10-15 minutes and wipe with a blue shop towel. If some areas are still needing more oil do another coat.  Once dry, buff with a soft cloth.

* About a week later I added a layer of Homestead House clear Wax all over for an additional coat of protection and bit more sheen over the pretty milk paint.

The hardware was put back on, rub wax on the drawer slides and the desk is complete.

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November 6, 2020

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  1. Very pretty color for this vintage desk and the original hardware looks fabulous paired with it too. It's been so long since I've used Homestead House milk paint and a reminder to have some fun playing with it again soon.

    1. Thank you Marie, you are most kind and I am glad to remind you. I too find inspiration in fellow painters creations and it is rejuvenating right? :)

  2. Love your desk makeover... and the hardware looks perfect! I'm in the middle of painting my bathroom cabinets... what a job! I saw you over at the Snickerdoodle link party! We'd love you to come visit and link-up at Tuesday Turn About via! We open the party on Tuesdays (duh) at 5pm CST! Hope to see you there each week!

    1. thank you for the kind words, I would love to join the party and will make my way over, cheers!


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