Before and After (Grain Sack!) November 3, 2012

Can you imagine all the oak furniture, just waiting to be painted?

They remember the glory days, when everyone wanted them so badly. They remember being the center of attention.

Do you have any of these pieces in your home? Do you hear them cry out, as you pass them by, unnoticed? Could a box of MMS be all you need?

20121103-205925.jpg Isn’t this far better than…

20121103-210142.jpg I gave this little beauty, that had been spending lonely day and nights, in a dark and lonely garage, a new lease on life. We brought her to the Home for Unpainted Furniture, (aka The Treasured Home workshop), where miracles happen!

Here’s all it takes, if you want to help some oak in your life, find a new beginning…
1. Remove the hardware and wipe the piece down with a clean, damp rag and some diluted TSP, to remove all the grime.
2. Mix 1 part paint powder to 1 1/2 parts warm water, in a water tight container. Shake vigorously for 2 minutes.
3. Paint the piece, and let it dry at least 15 minutes before applying second coat.
4. Once the second coat has dried, you’ll probably see the paint self distressing. Using a fine or medium sand paper, lightly sand the piece and remove all the loose paint.
5. I don’t know if it’s required, but I waxed my last piece with furniture wax, before applying the antiquing wax, which is optional.
6. Wait an hour and buff.
7. Admire!

It could hardly get any simpler! If you’ve witnessed similar transformations yourself, please send me a picture!

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  1. Jessica McCracken on November 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    **drool!** Am I allowed to put a hold on items I must have in our giant home 10-20 years from now? So jealous of the lucky person who gets to purchase this!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Dearest daughter,
      You already have a beautiful home, because it’s filled with love. The roominess part will come much sooner, I’m sure!
      Love, Mom

  2. Donnamae on November 4, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Impressive, Barbara! I’ve still got some oak, but, I can’t do it! That piece has nice lines…you choose wisely! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on November 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Thanks, Donnamae, Yes, my Craig’s List bodyguard, Jini, said the same thing. She looked the other way, as I painted it!

  3. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on November 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Oh my Barbara…you did a fantastic job…you gave that oak dresser such a remarkable facelift and a shot of botox here and there did the trick…You have really perfected working with MMS paint….the dresser is beautiful!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Thanks, princess! I wish Incould say it took a lot of skill and

      • Barbara Bussey on November 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

        Oops…I meant skill and experience, Shirley! This is sort of like the Hamburger Helper of furniture restoration!

  4. Linda on November 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow, very nice…that will sell quickly!

  5. Kathryn Cain on November 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    O You Now are a Surgeon for bring the look of Young again…and in Califorian all those Doc’s get paid really well. So you should to..this is looks great and so fresh and pretty details….

  6. kelly on November 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    That oak dresser looks fantastic with its new color! I knew it would. I have an oak dresser of my own that is painted white and heavily distressed. It was done using good ol latex paint though. Would’ve been a good piece to use milk paint on. I’m still searching for my next paint project!

  7. Karena on November 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Barbara, would you tell me the difference between the MMSMP and Annie Sloan Chalk paint? Especially about the finished look, application ease, etc.

    Art by Karena

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