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Milk paint and metallic paint..who would have thought!!

So, I have been getting lots of questions on exactly HOW I refinished my classy shabby chic milk painted side table. Did I use the bonding agent, what gold color I used..where did I get the milk paint..how many coats of each did I apply. Hopefully I answer all of your questions in this post.

Heres the details on what I did. super easy!

I sprayed the whole table with Gold paint, click here for the link, she looked fancy! But kinda boring to me. I was originally going to paint the top white and leave the fancy legs gold but then of course I got to thinking….




table refinished in metallic paint and milk paint

So I decided to milk paint in white over the whole thing. I wanted it to chip away and reveal the gold underneath. I debated clear coating the gold finish just in case I needed to sand off the white milk paint. But I didn’t.

I mixed up Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in the color Flour Sack. Click here for the link. A little side note. I have now tried 2 kinds of milk paint. I will say that Sweet Pickins mixed way easier than the other kind I previously used. I don’t know if the ingredients are mixed differently or if I am getting more comfortable with the paint mixing itself, but I worked half as hard when stirring Sweet Pickins.  It mixed up (in warm water) in less than 2 minutes and I had no lumps. I just used a spoon to mix mine.

I did not use the bonding agent for this.  I painted on 3 coats of milk paint. Took my sanding paper and started sanding the table. All the chippy paint fell right off and looked amazing. I continued to sand until the piece was smooth. Then I Sealed it with wax.

There was a spot on the legs that I was nervous about. All the paint flaked off. But in the end thats the beautiful thing about this paint! It does it own thing. There are no rules.

Its a really pretty finish.

Here it is in all it’s beautiful Glory!!!






Theres an area in this photo where I only had 1 coat of paint. I really like the way it looks. Next time I might do 2 thin coats of paint over the whole thing instead of 3.



Thanks for reading,




A splash of color to warm your room

I am in love with old buffet or side board tables and small china hutches. I think they are such a beautiful way to incorporate a statement piece in any home.






I think every home needs to have at least one piece of painted furniture.
Something that makes you feel a certain way when you look at it.

I personally love neutral colors. Grey, blue, green, white and cream. However, the statement pieces full of color and life always catch my eye and I find myself loving each of them.






Statement pieces can also be more than just a piece with color. Maybe you love the look of something old. That finish can be achieved with chalk paint or milk paint. Milk paint tends to make pieces look older in my opinion. The way the paint chips and flakes off looks so natural. But I love chalk paint for the elegant finish I can achieve on my pieces. I have much more control with it.

Don’t be afraid to bring in something you love to warm your room up! Be daring and add that simple splash of color or warmth to your home. Casually elegant is the perfect way to describe my idea of a beautiful room. So elegant but not the kind where you are afraid to touch anything. A room that naturally invites you in and says hop a squat and relax:)

I wanted to share a few inspiration pictures that I am drawn to. What are you favorite pieces of furniture in your home? Send me a pic via Instagram. Hashtag #visitbaycreek

I can’t wait to show you my pieces when my home is finished with the remodeling! I have been collecting a few here and there!

Thanks for reading,

Jeanette Marie

Milk Paint directions for the Beginner

OMG! I am totally in LOVE with milk paint. This is the first piece I have ever refinished with milk paint and it turned out better than I anticipated.  Its gorgeous. Its not everyday that that happens when trying something for the first time.

I had heard horror stories about this paint from a few people. One friend in particular had told me about her experience after I explained to her that I had planned on using it. She told me she didn’t have very good luck with this paint. Her whole piece flaked off and she had to start over. Thats a lot of work! to paint something and then have to sand the whole piece again and start from scratch.

So imagine my concern when I decided to try this paint out for myself..NERVous;/ I don’t particularly love the sanding part of refinishing so setting myself up for that extra work wasn’t very tempting. But I had gotten a pretty good deal on this desk and thought it was the perfect piece. Plus, Mike has stacked my unfinished pieces so high in the barn that this was the only one I could get to without killing myself;)

I did quite a bit of research, youtube, the web..you name it. I felt confident… prepared is a better word.  I was ready for the chipping process to occur and was ready to welcome it! everything I learned said this paint is unpredictable. You can never be sure of the finish. Be flexible..Imagine my surprise when the paint stuck better than chalk paint. It was quite a job to sand this paint off my piece. Did I mention that I adore this paint?? because I absolutely do! typewrite milk paint Here is a pic of the piece while I was sanding it. refinishing a desk to stain the topThis desk was in rare form! But I sanded the whole thing with a nematic sander and prepped it for the milk paint. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint that I purchased from The Purple Painted Lady in typewriter. It is a black color. I was actually going for a grayish color but I added to much pigment. This paint comes in a powder form..yes! a powder form!! Definitely different than any paint I have ever used before. When I learned that I was even more skeptical.

You buy the paint (powder) and you mix it with water. (I used warm water because I think things mix better in warm or hot water) Not in the directions so don’t really know if it matters. I also used the bonding agent on this piece. Thats is also a choice you can make. The bonding agent helps the paint adhere better to surfaces but doesn’t ensure that it will. If you use the bonding agent make sure you let the first coat dry for at least 2 hours. Otherwise you might reactivate the bonding agent in the paint. (I didn’t do this..I never listen!! so bad I know but my second coat went on fine) The white color in the paint dries clear, thats the bonding agent. (if you don’t add the bonding agent dry time is about 20ish minutes)

milk paint with the bonding agent

The white color dries clear, its the bonding agent


typewriter milk paint

you have to stir and mix this ALOT. I used an egg beater and stirred the paint every so often while painting.

The paint looked totally weird going on. Its really watery and runny. Not like other paints I have used. This wasn’t very comforting. The directions say to add equal parts with this paint. so for every scoop of water you add a scoop of pigment. As far as the bonding agent you add as much as the milk paint you have made. So it doubles your paint amount. I only added 8 scoops of pigment in with 12 scoops of water. Then I doubled my recipe with the bonding agent. I wanted a grey color so I added less powder to the water. Still turned out black but a PERFECT black!

Here are some pics of the wet paint. I had a bleed through and sprayed with ploy before the next coat of milk paint. The milk paint covered the spots perfect after that.

milk painted desk, looked blue when wet

It looked blue when I was applying it

The milk paint dried really chalky. Every time I touched the piece it left finger marks. I distressed all the edges and then waxed the piece with furniture wax. The color really popped after I applied the wax and the paint completely soaked up the wax. It looked so smooth and vibrant. No more finger prints!

one coat of milk paint

1 coat of the typewrite milk paint with the bonding agent

milk painted desk. black with a stained top

after the wax was applied, see the color just come to life!

I stained the top and sealed with poly.  Isn’t it a gorgeous refinish! Hopefully all my milk paint projects go this smooth:) I will definitely be using it again,  so I’ll keep you posted.

Want to see more pics?? Me to;) gorgeous milk painted dresser gorgeous milk painted desk beautiful refinished desk with milk paint. how to use milk paint Thanks for reading

Jeanette Marie