Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vintage French Server using MMS Ironstone Milk Paint

Oh my goodness...this piece took my breath away when it came into my life!



It was made by Hickory Furniture and was from the 1950s!  My friends knew it would work perfectly in their very shabby beach house in the Outer Banks.  They wanted a stained top, and shabby base....




I choose MissMustardseed's Ironstone Milk Paint for this project.  I've never really used this paint before, and if definitely takes some getting used to.....But it was the PERFECT choice!  I loved how it chipped and sanded so smoothly!  


After stripping the top, the color of the wood was so gorgeous, it didn't need to be stained.  Two coats of Hemp Oil and then a light coat of wax.....


I staged this for a bathroom or guest area....Just something a little different than it's traditional use as a dining room server....


So pretty....Look at the original hardware...and check out the brass caps and wheels at the bottom of each leg!  Sigh.....


I'll definitely use MMS Milk Paints again! If you have a vintage piece that is begging for a shabby look, I'd suggest giving it a try!  Don't be afraid (as I was!).

Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

  1. So love this Robin-I love using MMS milk paint and how it chips!

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    1. Thanks, Darrielle! It's definitely some 'chippy' goodness! :)

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  2. That was me. Like all of your other pieces, I love this one!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It's so much fun stumbling upon these unique pieces and having the opportunity to 'relove' them!

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  3. Boy, I miss NC-- but forget about a beach house .... I want that server! Such a beautiful piece and transformation!!

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    1. Thank you! My heart skipped a beat when I first laid eyes on it! It's found a good home, but I'm with you and struggled with not keeping this one! ~ Robin

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  4. Oh, my! Gorgeous! I'm sharing tonight on the link party - had to. It is exquisite. Thanks, Robin!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing on the link party! I feel so honored, as your party definitely rocks with some amazing talent! :)

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  5. Isn't that the best feeling when you strip wood and realize that it doesn't have to be stained. I'm such a natural wood girl....little hemp oil or wax and I"m happy. This is a really unique piece of furniture with lots of special details. You did a wonderful job of making it fit into our current styles!

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    1. Hi Jamie! It is a fabulous feeling of finding a gorgeous grain of wood underneath water marks, gauges, spills and all of the other nightmares we've seen as DIYers! It warms my heart! Thank you so much for commenting...I love your work and appreciate you taking the time to stop by! ~ Robin

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