A Telephone Table In Milky Green – With OFMP
Unveiling the second piece in the spool turned bedroom suite series, a vintage telephone table done in another custom blend of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. This piece will stand in as a nightstand. I obtained it from a friend and it just matched up so well.
You may have seen the whole unfinished collection I shared in a previous Favorite Finds post a few months back. This suite was just waiting for inspiration to strike, sometimes It takes a while for the muse to let herself be heard.
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This is the before shot of what I started this project with. I got this vintage set from a friend’s Great Aunt who used it as a telephone table in her house back in the 40’s.
I didn’t have to do much prep work on this set, it was in pretty great shape just a light sanding, and a good cleanup with vinegar and water.
The First Color
For the first coat, I mixed up the dove grey using the same recipe as the last piece, the first coat was mixed with Extra Bond at a ratio of 2 to 1. After the first coat there was a weird blue bleed through in spots I think ink I may have missed, so I gave it a quick spray of shellac. added two more coats of paint with no extra bond and topped telephone table set off with Safe Coat for durability.
OFMP Custom Color Mix
The whole suite is going to have the Dove Grey as the first color and a custom blend of green as the secondary color. For this combo I wanted a light green blue, a custom mix of 2 Tbs Sea Green, 4 tsp of Tavern Green, 4 tsp Snow White to equal parts water.
The Chip Factor
I really wanted this set to chip up more than the last piece, I did no priming except for a light sand on the green parts, and its straight paint here.
A Chipping Trick
It wasn’t really chipping up as much as I wanted so I applied a little trick to amp up the chip factor. Dip that wet brush in some watered down paint, slather it on, and dry it quickly with trusty Ole Yellow Bird on high heat!
Now there’s some of that large chipping detail I was going for!
A Protective Finish
After fully sanding all the flaky chips off, I waxed everything down with Daddy Van’s clear wax, and topped it off with their Antique wax. This antique wax is not like any I have used before, it’s adds warmth and age without mudding up the paint color and it doesn’t need to be erased with clear wax like some others. Its really nice and not at all stinky.
Crazing and Extra Bond
Ive discovered that when you add a coat of shellac as a prep under the paint, crazing occurs. With Extra Bond added, you get these nice little cracks everywhere with tiny flakes but they don’t flake off really easily. Add the antique wax, and BAM you get this aged crazed finish.
Enough With The Process And Onto The Milky Green Finished Shots!
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