Are you looking to breathe new life into your tired, old end tables? Perhaps they've seen better days, and you're ready to give them a fresh and stylish update. Refinishing furniture is a fantastic way to transform the look of your space, and in this blog post, we'll take you through the steps of refinishing matching end tables using Homestead House Milk Paint in Buttermilk Cream.
Step 1: Prep Work with TSP Alternative
The key to a successful furniture makeover lies in proper preparation. Start by thoroughly cleaning the end tables with a TSP Alternative. This step ensures that any grease, grime, or old finishes are removed, providing a clean canvas for the milk paint to adhere to. After cleaning with TSP it's a good idea to give your piece a quick scuff sand for even better adherence.
Step 2: Choosing the Perfect Hue - Buttermilk Cream
Homestead House Milk Paint offers a stunning array of colours, but for this project, we've opted for the timeless elegance of Buttermilk Cream. This warm and inviting shade complements a variety of design styles and is perfect for achieving that coveted farmhouse-chic look. Mix the milk paint with a 1:1 ratio of milk paint powder and water, stirring for 30 seconds or until all the pigments have dissolved. Milk paint has a unique way of adhering to surfaces, providing a smooth, authentic finish. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats (about 20 minutes) for a more even and durable finish.
Step 3: Distressing for Character
To add character and charm to your end tables, consider lightly distressing them. This step allows the natural wood tones to peek through, creating a beautifully aged appearance. Use sandpaper or a sanding block to distress edges, corners, and other areas that would naturally wear over time. This step is entirely customizable, so distress to your desired level of vintage appeal.
Step 4: Protective Top Coat with Clear Furniture Wax
Once the milk paint has dried and you're satisfied with the distressed look, it's time to protect your masterpiece. Apply Fusion's clear furniture wax as a topcoat to seal and safeguard the finish. This step not only adds a layer of protection but also enhances the colour and texture of the milk paint, giving your end tables a luxurious, velvety feel.
Step 5: Accessorize for the Finishing Touch of Refinishing Matching End Tables
Now that your end tables are transformed, it's time to add the finishing touches. Decorate the tables with a stack of your favourite books, a clear vase, and a faux rosemary box. This combination adds a touch of sophistication and personality to your newly refurbished furniture. Whether you're going for a rustic farmhouse look or a more contemporary vibe, the Homestead House Milk Paint Buttermilk Cream provides the perfect foundation for your creative expression.
The beauty of this DIY project lies not only in the transformation of your end tables but also in the satisfaction of having played a hands-on role in revitalizing your living space. In the end, you'll have a pair of end tables that not only reflect your style but also tell a story of transformation and renewal. Happy painting!