Recently I completed one of my largest milk paint projects to date. This armoire is an oldie but goodie. It dates back to the 1800’s and was built to be easily taken apart for moving purposes.
It was love at first sight!
It is a real stunner composed of beautiful wood. Fortunately the inside wood was in great shape with minimal damage. However the exterior finish was faded and worn.
I painted 2 coats of shutter gray and the door insets were painted in 2 coats of ironstone. It led to the most authentic chipping paint which fits this particular old piece very well. It seems like this armoire would be right at home in a centuries old farmhouse.
Quite reminiscent of chipping lead paint…a look I love so much but one that can be pretty dangerous. This paint has zero VOCs!
The interior raw wood was brought back to life with all natural hemp oil.
MMS milk paint’s newest topcoat option is tough coat which proved to be the best choice for such a textured and chipping piece. Tough Coat locks in the chipping paint so it doesn’t continue to flake off. It leaves a nice durable finish with a little luster. Tough coat is now available.
One of the original brass drawer pulls was damaged. I looked for a replacement at the flea market but that was basically like searching for a needle in a hay stack. Ultimately, the drawer pulls were updated with clear glass handles. They are also available for sale at both Circa Dee locations.
The size of this armoire works perfectly as a display for our milk paint at The West End Garage. Come check it out in person!
So what do you think? Is this much chipping paint a look you love or loathe? You know where I stand already!