Painting An Antique! | Maine Country Home

I have never met a cupboard I didn’t like.

 This beauty had a long hard life before it came to us. Good bones and a pedigree, but…

 It’s a Dutch antique from the Hudson River Valley in New York. It started life in the early 1700s as a typical utility cupboard, maybe clothing, maybe in the kitchen. Somewhere along the way some one cut out a hole for a plug, most likely a TV. No one ever took care of its patina. As a final indignity, it was dropped and broken. I bought it in 9 pieces. IMG_0008

The minute I saw it it I knew all it needed some love and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I usually don’t paint antiques, but this one so far gone that it was OK.

 When I brought it home, Mr. MCH said, “Oh, we’re buying kindling today, didn’t you notice we have plenty for you to pick up outside? And it’s already paid for!” Ouch. He fixed it up, put the doors back together, fixed the sides so they were in one piece. It is amazing what you can do with glue.

 I started painting it, with one coat of Miss Mustard Seed Curio. I wanted to even out the brown patinaIMG_0008

Next we used two coats of Grain Sack, without Bonding Agent because I wanted a chippy finish. I sanded in between each coat. Then to get the patina, I washed on a final coat of equal parts of Grain Sack and Trophy. This gives it a subtle color difference.


Finally, I sanded it again, and applied Furniture Wax. A little chippy, a lot of primitive Milk Paint.

It is waiting in the guest house for a break in the weather and strong boys to move it into our entrance hall, where it will become a coat closet. To me it is just perfectly primitive with a little RH thrown in for good measure._D600697watermark

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