Ironstone milk paint side table- just for me!

I just love milk paint.  
I tell people who haven't used it before that it is part art, and part science experiment.  
Even though I've been using it for awhile now, I love that I learn something new everytime I use it!
As much as I love it, I've not kept the pieces I've painted in it.  Friends will ask, 
oh, so what do you have here that is painted in the milk paint?

 It all goes out the door and sells!  
So it was time for me to enjoy my own piece in a finish I love.

I bought this cute little side table a couple weekends ago, from Diane of Molly Mo's.
She and a couple other friends had a vintage market, and I just had to take it home.

I had a little table here before, but I wasn't loving it.  
It just worked in size, but was kinda... there.  Blah.
I was ready for a change.  
I called Jon and got measurements for the space, and this little beauty fit the bill!

 The gold tone wasn't my style, but I knew I would paint it to fit what I wanted.


I had a small amount of Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone left from other projects, and decided that would be the best color for this room.  
I figured a couple coats would do the job.

After one coat, I came back to check on drying, and was in love with the stone washed look.
I couldn't believe how the paint changed over the gold.

It's an amazing gray tone, and with the original cream color going to a lighter shade after the coat of Ironstone, I didn't even bother to do a second coat.

Who would've ever guessed?  
It's so fun to paint over pieces in milk paint that already have a painted finish, because the results always look more authentic.
It would be interesting to layer a metallic paint under the milk paint, and see if it would react the same way...

I've also enjoyed lightening up this room for spring, and keeping a more sparse, clean mantel.

My mom and I went to Ikea a few weeks ago, and I bought the little topiaries and buckets there.
And I'm enjoying having my dad's painting up again.

Some green boxwood wreaths are now on the shutters, but my snowball bush and hydrangeas are going bonkers right now, so I'm sure some fresh flowers will be nice in here soon!
Can't wait!!

I hope you are enjoying spring and all that goes with it!
Except allergies.  Nobody enjoys that.

xo Denise

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  1. What a perfect table and it turned out beautiful. To give it that washed look, did you add more water to your milk paint? Your room looks fresh and springy! Happy Easter!


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