I am so into everything in this photo right now. Deep boxwood green, warm brass, a very old typewriter that has been in my family and turquoise peacock feathers. But one of the most seriously underrated colors in the milk paint palette has got to be that Boxwood.
I took the liberty of pairing it with Artissimo…one of the other warm milk paint colors I’m crushing on.
This chest was a dark nearly cherry stain. A light color wouldn’t have provided great coverage over that finish.
I painted the first coat of the drawers in Artissimo with bonding agent. Artissimo is a nice rich navy. It feels wintry especially combined with Boxwood.
After the first coat I tried a technique that is a little bit out of my comfort zone. I created a controlled resist by applying hemp oil around the drawer pulls between the coat of Artissimo and the coat of Boxwood.
The technique created a worn finish around where the drawers would naturally get the most wear and tear.
I like the controlled resist technique. Moving forward I may try it on another area like around the base of a table or the edges of drawers.
For the top coat, I also used hemp oil. The stuff is so versatile! We are now carrying it in a larger size. It is even food grade. I am going to use it on my cutting boards soon.
I am a fan of the matte finish the oil provided over Boxwood.
By the way, all of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint products are now available online here.
I’m also a fan of the giant book page wreath. I started cranking some out this week. They seem to have a holiday feel without being too over the top. Plus, there’s no guilt if they stay up through January!
And that rug! Guys, I am completely obsessed with the over dyed blue kilim rug.
I dreamt up this hand woven gem and then it appeared. Just like that, out of thin air. Well, sort of. I got it at an estate sale. The same one where I got the orange kilim that I shared last week. I actually thought the blue would go in that space and was the finishing touch I was dreaming about but once I got both rugs home (thank goodness I bought both) the orange was better under the storage bench.
Now the blue one is in our den and I can assure you that you’ll see more of it in furniture staging pics so hopefully you love it as much as I do!
The Boxwood dresser is for sale and headed to Serendipity Shops of Doylestown this weekend.
As am I. On Sunday, I am hosting another free milk paint demo. I will mix milk paint and explain the different finishes. No need to register. Just bring questions about your own projects. Cell phone ‘before’ pics are always a plus. After the demo, I will help you pick colors and top coats if you’d like.
Denise from The Painted Home will also be giving advice on creative holiday wrapping. Join us at 1 pm.