About a month ago I crowd sourced facebook for some feedback on what to do with this little night stand. I’m not usually a crowd-sourcer. Typically I just follow my instinct but this one initially had me stumped on what direction I wanted to go. I really love the shape and style.
Thank you all for your feedback. It was very enlightening! Ultimately I decided on a soft black with light distressing highlighting the brown stain underneath. Typewriter (black) also happens to be the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color of the month for October.
I achieved this look in a very controlled way. Although the top was a little scratched up, the finish on the edges was in great shape so I wanted to highlight it. Before I even started painting I rubbed the wax puck over those high points to preserve that nice finish. Normally I use the wax puck to create a resist between layers of different paint colors. This seemed like a good time to try the same technique on the original finish.
After the wax puck was applied, I painted on 2 coats of typewriter milk paint with bonding agent mixed in. The finish on the veneer was pretty shiny and I didn’t want to risk major chipping on this mid-century piece. The bonding agent worked like a charm.
Once the paint was dry, I carefully pulled away where the wax puck had been applied using a putty knife. There was no need for sanding as that would have scratched the bottom layer. Also, no dusty mess!
I finished the entire piece with furniture wax for a protective topcoat. I love the original brass knobs against the soft black.
Pictured are also a pair of apron strings candlesticks finished with lots of antiquing wax for a warm fall look.
The typewriter nightstand is new at The West End Garage. Check it out! We’re open everyday through October and move to a shortened week in November.
In the meantime, our Fall Furniture Sale is still going on with mark downs on select pieces!