Last week I told you all about my shopping adventures of Thrifting in Raleigh at the Southern Bloggers Conference with my new blogger friends. It was a fabulous shop till you drop kind of day. But unfortunately I was on a tight budget. Like $20 kind of tight budget. Yikes. But I still found a couple of great finds.
My first find of the day were these 3 wooden corbels for $4 at the outdoor flea market at Gresham Antiques. Now they certainly weren’t charming antique pieces but for $4 for all 3 I knew I could work with them.
At the Southern Bloggers conference our awesome swag bags came with some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint samples. I had never used milk paint before and I know how unpredictable it can be to work with. But I thought these corbels would be the perfect project to use the milk paint on.
I didn’t prep the corbels at all, just gave them a quick wipe down with a cloth.
I mixed up the milk paint (it comes in powder form). Be sure to follow the directions and mix really well, a good 5 minutes.
A couple of hours later I came back out to the garage and found some flaking. Yippee. The milk paint was finally working.
I used Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Wax to provide a protective coat to the paint. It’s also suppose to bring out more of the characteristics of the milk paint. The furniture wax makes it nice and smooth. Kind of a professionally finished kind of look.
After one coat of stain I gave the board two coats of milk paint. This time it did nothing. I found a blog that suggested giving a light mist of water and that will cause the milk paint to start doing it’s magic.
The light mist of water just made a big mess. So I gave up on the milk paint and just took my sander to the board.
If you are looking to hang a little shelf above your kitchen sink as well. But haven’t been able to find reasonably priced corbels (they are often outrageously priced). Home Depot has great wooden ones for just $10 each. I used these same ones in my kitchen makeover and LOVE them.
And if you’re looking for that aged chippy look but don’t want to invest in pricey milk paint (I’m still unsure on what I think of milk paint) you can easily create the same look with Vaseline. Check out my tutorial here.