I can’t resist sweet little vintage furniture pieces. My house is starting to look like an antique booth! A few weeks ago I found this darling little gossip bench, and I just fell in love.
She was a little sad looking, with her chippy stain and dark green seat cover. But she was the perfect project to try out Plaid’s new FolkArt Milk Paint line!
So much better right?? I am really in love with this light turquoise color. It’s a little hard to tell in the photos, but in person it’s just the perfect shade of light minty blue. The table is nice and tiny too, so it makes just the sweetest little spot to sit down and read a book.
I can just picture some sweet gal sitting her and chatting on the phone with her friends. Now I think I need to hunt up a pretty pastel vintage phone!
This FolkArt Milk Paint is a new product from Plaid. I didn’t have any experience with milk paint before, so I had to look up what the differences were! Milk paint is just amazing on unpainted wood and refinished pieces. Milk Paint is usually something you have to mix up, and it can actually go bad! But Plaid’s new paint is already premixed and it won’t go bad. Yay for that!
It has a really pretty flat finish. Like velvety flat. The sealer adds just a bit of a soft sheen, just enough to seal everything and make it look so pretty. And as a side note – the colors of the paint are soooo fun! I pretty much want to paint all the things. :)
So let’s dive right in and I can show you how I refinished it!
I started by taking off the cushion. I didn’t do any sanding, with a vintage piece you don’t have to unless it’s not in good shape. I just did a quick cleaning with windex, to get the spiderwebs and gunk off.
For refinished pieces you want to cover the whole piece with the FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer and Sealer. Brushing this on makes it so the paint will adhere to the piece really well.
I tried to show the before and after of the bonding primer – the right side of the piece has been primed. It looks kind of milky when it goes on, but it dries clear.
Once you paint on the primer, you need to let it dry for at least 4 hours. I painted it in the afternoon and then left it overnight – just to be safe. :)
Now you’re ready to start painting! Make sure you use the FolkArt Milk Paint brush when you paint – it’s designed specifically for the paint, to keep the brush strokes down and hold more paint. The color I used was Winter Harbor. I love it so much!
You’ll have to kind of play by ear how many coats you do. I wanted a pretty solid coverage so I did 4 coats. Milk Paint kind of goes on like a stain – on raw wood it really absorbs into the wood. For this piece, I used up almost two bottles of the paint. Here’s the first coat.
You want to try and brush on the paint with the grain. The first coat is kind of a mess, because you can see so much of the original finish through, but each coat gets better! Here’s my bench after four coats.
I did a little light distressing on the piece as well. Distressing with the milk paint is super easy.
Recovering a cushion like this is super easy! I started by removing all the existing fabric. The cushion on this was actually buried beneath four layers of fabric and was an old chair pad . . with ties!
You want to cut a piece of 1″ foam the same size as your wood, then a piece of batting about 6″ larger than the wood base. Layer the foam on the wood, then the batting on top.
Cut a piece of fabric just a bit larger than the batting. I used this fun vintage fabric! Bring the fabric around to the bottom side and staple down the two sides first, pulling the fabric tight.
Repeat for the other two sides. For the corners, trim out the batting so it’s not all bulky.
Clip out a square of the fabric as well, so there isn’t a huge lump of fabric on the bottom.
Fold the center in, then overlap the two sides, to make a kind of box pleated corner. Staple down.
Now your cushion is all ready to go.
Once your paint is all dry and distressed, clean off all the sanding dust. Brush a coat of the Bonding Primer and Sealer over the piece to seal the paint. Put the cushion back in place.
And that’s it! So easy right?!
You’ll be able to find FolkArt Milk Paint plus all the Primer, Finishing Oil and Brushes at all the major craft stores. You can also find it on the Plaid website!
I can’t wait to hear what you think!