Do you ever wonder how people achieve the farmhouse look? One way is to use milk paint. As an Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger, I knew when I saw the cabinet at the Habitat Restore it would be a perfect project. How can you get a farmhouse look on a drab cabinet? I will show you how I did it.
As with any thrift store find, this cabinet was drab. It looked like someone was going to spray paint it and the can hardly had any paint left and it sputtered. At first, I thought I could get away without sanding it off but nope no go. But it was so much easier to clean than the vintage table.
After sanding, the piece was thoroughly cleaned by using the shop vac to pick up the dust and wiping it down with dampened paper towels.
I mixed up the first batch of Old Fashioned Milk Paint or as we refer to it OFMP. I used 2 tablespoons of Snow White and 1 tablespoon of Federal Blue, follow the directions that are enclosed. The formula creates a light blue. This color is painted on the interior walls of the cabinet. That is the beauty of OFMP, creating custom colors.
Now the cabinet looks homemade. And whoever built it did a good job. The cabinet is made from pine and has knots so I added a little Extra Bond to the first layer of Federal Blue paint used on the outside. It is such a lovely color and I am already thinking of my next project to use it on.
The next thing I did was to paint on the crackle medium. Notice how the blue darkened? I really like how OFMP crackle behaves.
Now, this is my favorite part, painting on the next coat of paint in Snow White and watching the paint dry.
To finish off the piece I lightly went over with double 00 steel wool it to smooth it out and used Daddy Van’s Clear Wax inside and out. Then I went back over areas that get a lot of wear and tear with Daddy Van’s Shadow Black to give the piece character. The shelves were left in their natural state and protected with the clear wax.
This cabinet isn’t looking so drab now, it looks like it belongs in a farmhouse. Don’t you think so?