Oct 17, 2013

An Old World French Look with Milk Paint

The moment I saw this sweet coffee table, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her.

As I've stated many times before, I LOVE working with milk paint!  This project was done almost totally with Real Milk Paint Company's Milk Paint.
I'm not much of a "color layerer"....but this was one project that I needed to go outside of my comfort zone.  To create the look I wanted, it was a necessity. 
I started with a layer of pure white (with the bonding agent added).  I just gave it a good wash over.
There was a little bit of bleed through, but I decided to just go with it. 
After letting it dry overnight, I added a second layer of French Grey being very careful NOT to be perfect in covering it all (I'm typically a clean line painter).
The details are really starting to come alive!  I know it looks a mess at this point...but just wait!
The last paint layer was a custom mix of white and black milk paints, creating a very light grey.  I thinned the paint a little more this time because I wanted to make sure the French Grey showed through.  I actually put a second coat of the top color on the top, creating a lighter inset.
I used a white acrylic paint to bring out the details.
When the paint was good and dry, I lightly sanded it all over and waxed her with a clear wax.  Over that, I added a custom mix dark wax, getting it into the nooks and crannies ensuring that old world look. 
The gorgeous details just pop now!  Pure beautimus!  Molly's not bad, either. :)

 Look at those feet!

She'll be available in our tent at the Lucketts Outdoor Winter Market Nov 8 - 10!

A special thank you to my assistants for the day...

Miss Molly

Master Tiger
Update on Molly:  She had an appointment with the doctor today, and to date, she is still doing well.  The cancer is still there, but she's still her wild and spunky self...which is good in itself considering she is a very old kitty.  I still don't know how long she will be with us, but I am so thankful for the extra time Dr. Grissom has given us. :)



  1. I love the coffee table and it really turned out great. So glad that you had help in refinishing your table. Wish I lived close so I could go to your Christmas Show.

  2. Beautiful job, thanks for sharing how you painted it!


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