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Painting Vintage Furniture

April 29th, 2014 3:25 pm by Melissa Baskette

Painting Vintage Furniture

The vanity pictured is a yard sale find, painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Duck Egg."

I'm always searching for vintage furniture pieces at yard sales. 

A piece can take on new life with popular chalk paint or milk paint techniques. Both are easy to use as there is little or no prep or primer needed. You may choose to have a smooth paint finish, or a time-worn distressed finish. 

There are lots of brands of on the market, some of the best known are Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. These are a bit pricey, but they cover well and can go a long way. You can also make your own, which works just as well. 

Search Pinterest or use your Internet search engine to find recipes to make your own milk paint or chalk paint to save you dollars. Also, you will find that many bloggers offer their experiences and reviews of the various paints and techniques.

When using both paints, the finished piece should be sealed with wax or other non-yellowing, water-based top coat. Again, you can research wax application and various topcoats online. For me, wax application is an arduous task, and I prefer Rustoleum Varathane Crystal Clear water-based interior polyurethane.

The vanity pictured is a yard sale find, painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Duck Egg." Vintage 1930s wallpaper was applied to the top middle section, with a piece of protective glass cut to fit.

Feel free to contact me at mbaskette@timesnews.net if you have questions or comments.  

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