i picked up this solid wood, heavy duty roll top about a while back. I really like roll tops, and this one was in great shape. And the little drawers and cubbies inside are so cute!
I decided right away to paint with my favorite paint - milk paint!
This is the best before pic that i had…
The best thing about milk paint, is that there is no prep work, i did not sand before painting. In this case the desk had a clear coat on it, but it wasnt super shiny and i knew that the paint would stick to the wood. If you are working with a super smooth, shiny piece of furniture you can add extra bond to your paint and that will help with adhesion.
I just mixed up some milk paint in a plastic cup – the paint comes in a powder form and you have to mix it with water. I find it best to mix it with hot water, it seems to be the best to keep the lumps out. You will have to stir it while using, sometimes the paint can start to thicken and settle at the bottom.
For this desk, i just brushed on one coat of paint. After letting it dry, i just took a sanding block and went over the entire desk. Some parts had already began chipping – thats my favorite part. You never know what its going to do.
After sanding the desk, i lightly glazed it. I mixed up some SW glaze in van dyke brown (talked about here) mixed with mineral spirits and went over the whole thing. With milk paint, you have to make sure and sand 1st before putting on the glaze – its so porous and flat and if you dont, the glaze will just be sucked up by the paint and will be splotchy.
The last step after sanding down and staining the top was to seal with a water based poly to protect the finish. Milk paint is super durable and doesnt need to be sealed if you dont want too, but i find that it just gives it a little more depth and i like the little but of shine over distressed pieces.
And the after…
Paint – Sweet Pickins Sea Green Milk
Glaze – SW Van Dyke Brown
Stain Color for top of desk – Diluted Kona by Rustoleum