Another snowy Monday in Maryland! Even with the kids home, I managed to finish a piece that I have been meaning to do for a while. I’m sharing it with pictures of this week’s favorite find. The find is a vintage ceramic jug which was sitting outside at an estate sale. At only $5, it was a deal I couldn’t pass up. It has an American Indian printed on it and is a great size. I can see it in a foyer holding umbrellas, amongst other uses. I wonder where and when it was made?
We needed another piece in our kitchen to hold our phone and put the kid’s homework, papers, etc. The secretary (The Secretary That Tried to Kill Me for “before” pics) was the perfect candidate! I painted it with General Finishes Milk Paint in their new color, Driftwood. I just love it. It’s a gorgeous, deep gray blue that looks beautiful over dark wood and distressed back.The inside looks great with the perimeter painted and just the edges of the compartments.I mentioned how rich the color is. This pic really shows it… I believe my kitchen is finally complete!
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That is the PERFECT gray in my opinion! Looks great!
I love how the secretary turned out and think it’s a keeper. Love the color Driftwood! Thanks for your post, feels warm and cozy!
I love your work…the secretary is beautiful. I have one exactly like yours, it was my Mom’s. I would love to paint it, but I don’t have the nerve. So….I will admire yours. And, I love, love your new jug.
Thank you!! I have my grandparents’ collections of stone jars. This is the perfect color for the grays and blues!
I just love this piece… sorry I keep asking questions, but I looked up General Finishes Driftwood and it says it’s Milk Paint. MMS milk paint is very chippy (which I don’t have a personal preference for but I do think is lovely). Your piece doesn’t look chippy at all. Is this a type of Milk Paint that doesn’t chip? I’m experienced with chalk paint, but milk paint has always scared me. But I have a secretary that I want to paint – and I think I NEED THIS COLOR! Thank you for being patient with me 🙂
Hi Patra – no problem! Actually, GF milk paint is an acrylic milk paint and won’t randomly chip (like MMS). You can distress it back if you want but it won’t create that “chippy” look. I hope this helps!
Hi there do you need to prime under the paint ? Noticed on the dresser that looked like the wood shone through so wondering if th paint goes over wood or primer ? Thanks!! Sonja
Hi Sonja, no there is no need to prime with General Finishes milk paint or AS chalk paint. The wood is peeking through where I distressed it back. Thanks! If you mean the top – it is a wood stain – Varathane Sunbleached – not paint. Cheers!
I’m wondering how you distressed – with sandpaper, or did you wet sand? And what finish did you use – wax or one of General Finishes top coats?
Hi Lisa, this was one coat of GF Driftwood and I sanded it lightly with a high grit sandpaper (likely 220 or maybe 150) and then wiped it off with a barely damp paper towel. I didn’t seal it as it is in my kitchen and it has been just fine. If I was to have sealed it, I would have used GF High Performance Sealer in their matte finish. Thanks!
It’s lovely. Thank you!