One of my best buds gave me this old, gorgeous wash stand for my living room. I loved it as is, but every night it would stare at me and whisper “paint me…. paint me”. Argh, so I did… and I ended up painting it 4 times until I got it right.
I wanted to give it the “chippy” look, but the only way to get a true “chippy” look is to use milk paint. I’m so anti-milk paint. I hate that you have to mix it yourself, and I hate that you only mix what you need, because you can’t store it. So, I researched a few different ways to achieve the chippy look with chalk paint, and a few people suggested using Vaseline or candle wax.
I coated all the edges in candle wax and gave the piece a coat of Old White. I tried scrapping off the paint and yea, nothing happened. Then I covered the edges in Vaseline and gave the piece a coat of Arles. When I started scrapping off the paint, it literally just scrapped off. In chunks. It looked horrible, So I sanded the crap out of it and gave the piece a fresh coat of Arles.
I caved and brought home some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Boxwood. I gave the piece 2 coats of Boxwood, waited for it to dry, and started chipping away with an old Star Bucks gift card!!!
It was the exact results I wanted. I love the finished look. The piece looks old and weathered in this awesome army green colour. I just love it.
And no, I will not post any pics of my failed “chalk paint chipping”. It was that bad.
Knobs are from Pier1.