We jumped into the car and collected the drawers from a lovely girl called Zoe in Falkirk. Having previously worked painting furniture, this was her first foray into selecting and selling her own pieces.
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We had a wee chin-wag about Annie Sloan versus other chalk brands and the paint she used for this piece, General Finishes Milk Paint, which I had previously never heard of. This paint is made by a small American company in Wisconsin. It does not contain milk and comes pre-mixed, so is not a true milk paint, but can be used to produce the same effects. The paint doesn't need to be primed and offers a smoother, more durable finish than chalk paints.
I feared that the colour, whilst beautiful, might be too blue for our bedroom. Duck egg shades seem to have a lovely trait of changing from blue to green depending on what they are near. I would never have chosen Persian Blue for our bedroom, but once we got the drawers home, I think that they fit in wonderfully.
And so the hunt for the perfect mid century modern dressing table commences
You can also order this paint online, the cheapest I've found is Kast Services - they are on Ebay and have a web store and deliver for free.
Having learnt my lesson with an earlier project using Annie Sloan, I decided to spend a little prep time applying wood filler to divots, in particular where the handles on the bottom drawer had rotated and scored the wood. I taped the sides for clean lines and then gave the whole piece a wee buff with a sanding sponge before starting.
I was nervous that the foam brush would waste paint, but found that it seemed to apply a nice fine coat, and there were no problems with lap marks. Zoe from Mála furniture said she completed the drawers with just one coat. I definitely don't have her technique as my first coat applied really patchy! I wasn't worried though as the ladies at Acanthus advised that this would likely be the case. The paint was super fast drying, so by the time I had finished the legs, body and drawers I could start again. I probably could have stopped at the second coat as it looked great, but I'm a 'one for luck' type gal so did 3 coats and a sneaky 4th and final coat for the top :) I struggled with the paint consistency of ASCP on previous projects- always adding either too much water or not enough. The GF milk paint on the other hand is just right, I have finally found my paint goldilocks! More than just consistency improvements though, I found GF very forgiving and easy to use for a novice like myself.
Plasti-kote Brilliant Metallic Silver Spray Paint
The Amazon packaging is perfect for spray painting as it has little wings to keep the paint from spraying outside the box. To get better stability and access, I fed the screws from below the cardboard and then attached the knobs. This was a stroke of accidental genius, as it was so windy that the whole box flew across the garden at one stage, but thanks to the screws my knobs weren't smudged. I was however picking grass and mud out from the other items I was spraying at the same time!