Every time I see chippy paint I want it to tell me a story. Don't you? It looks like it knows about many wonderful things and could entertain you for hours with stories of days gone by. This vintage highboy didn't always look so interesting before it was dressed up in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen. And I was brave and did it (mostly) without the use of the bonding agent because I wanted it to have a time worn look.
This is what the Highboy looked like before. Super brown, super shiny and super 1990. Which is fine if you like that sort of thing. But if you're looking for a statement piece then you should put some Miss Mustard Seed on it! (I totally wrote that while signing Beyonce'!) Putting the milk paint on without the bonding agent is super risky for a high shine piece like this but since I'm teaching a milk paint class at the end of the month I wanted to do everything the "wrong" way so I would be better prepared to teach this class.
Man, I love it when the wrong way turns out so right! Because I had to scrub away and reapply repeatedly the finish looks just as it would if this piece were really old (and really painted) a long, long time ago. Of course, if you didn't want this much chippy you'd use the bonding agent and distress yourself - which if I were telling a client how to do this that's exactly what I would've suggested. There's definitely something scary about giving over your control to the paint.
But when it winds up looking like this, you think, maybe I'll let the paint make all my decisions from now on!
This piece is currently available for sale at:
The Vintage Connection
Home Interiors Market
21 E Vine St
Statesboro, GA 30458