Happy Friday! I hope you all survived Halloween and are now full swing into holiday mode. I know I am...but more on that to come later. Over here it's been a week of firsts...first time using black on a furniture makeover, first time using General Finishes Milk Paint, first time I can remember a whole week in November being in the 60's (and 70's) and first time making a trip to Home Goods and walking out empty handed (gasp!). While I don't actually have physical evidence of that last one, I promise you, it's true! However, I can back up those first two statements, so let's focus on those today.
A couple weeks ago I received a custom request for this piece to be painted in black. Although I love the rich look black furniture has, I had never actually used black, so I was really excited to get started on this project. I've read a lot of great things about General Finishes Milk Paint from other bloggers and decided this was the perfect piece to try it out on. They make a beautiful shade called Lamp Black and I knew it would be perfect for this buffet.
Here is how the piece started. It was in great shape, but just in need of a little love.
After giving the piece a good cleaning and sanding, the fun began. Upon applying this paint, the first thing I noticed was the silky texture and how smooth the application was. I was hooked! Although traditional milk paint comes in a powder form that you mix with water, their milk paint is your standard water based paint in a can.
How pretty is this color?! The best part about it is it creates the perfect backdrop to accentuate all the details...like that hardware!
And even with minimal distressing, it adds a lot of contrast and draws your eye to the curves of the piece.
I think the bold color paired with the feminine style like French Provincial is the perfect juxtapose. It keeps the piece grounded and able to work well with a wide range of styles.
And of course it pairs well with my favorite stain, Jacobean!
While staging this piece, I felt it was only necessary to make sure it really worked well as a buffet and could adequately be used to serve guests.
Sure enough, it does. It also worked quite well for the one person wine & cheese party I threw for myself that night!
Now that it has been party tested and color approved, it's ready to go off to its new home! As for me, I think I may have just found my new favorite color!
Saturday: Life on Lakeshore Drive