A Furniture Makeover & Setting Up My Antique Booth

You can skip the reading and just watch the video HERE.


Sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned.

Everything was going smoothly.

I was half was through the makeover of a china hutch that was inspired by the timber framed structures of Worsley in Greater Manchester.

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They are stately builds that pop out against almost any backdrop. With the dark timber frames filled with a white, plaster-like material they scream “LOOK AT ME” whenever they scroll by on my Pinterest feed.

I wanted to re-create that graphic look.

After giving the whole piece 2 coats of Belgian White by Valspar I decided to leave the doors off for a cleaner, modern look and left the interior the original wood.

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I used a brand of milk paint (not Miss Mustard Seed’s) that I hadn’t tried before for the black accents. The paint went on fine and there seemed to be signs of chipping while it dried which is the norm for milk paint.

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After finishing the black detailing, I got taken away from the project for a little while and came back to do the final touches after a few days had passed.

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The weird thing is, when I went to do the light sanding, it did more of a smudging instead of the paint chip away easily.

After being a little disappointed with the distressing effect that happened I just decided to clean it off and finish it. The paint re-activated when I tried to wipe it down with a damp cloth and it happened AGAIN when I tried to apply a protective top coat.

Maybe its the specific formula for the black milk paint? I had the same trouble with the black from the FolkArt® brand of liquid milk paint that can be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, (I don’t recommend Folk Art Paint).

I finished the piece the best I could but I still wasn’t very happy with the end result.

It’s not terrible but not what I had envisioned.

I decided to put a price tag on it anyways and if it doesn’t sell in the next few months I will give it a re-makeover.

So… Where do I go from here?

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I didn’t really want to do a finally reveal of the china hutch project so I figured I would  show off setting up my booth instead!

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I haven’t given my shop space as much attention as I should have over the past few months but I finally found some time to fill it up with a few completed projects I had.

My booth before

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So empty!

I’m not the best booth keeper.

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Kyle was sweet enough to help move it all the new stuff in, thank goodness.

I’ve done some heavy furniture lifting by myself before and I don’t recommend it.

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The Furniture:

The china hutch.

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A patina filled work bench.

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The contrasting settee.

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A chippy, white work table

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2 oak chairs.

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The smalls:

An ironstone pitcher.

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Vintage chippy mirrors.

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Vintage amber jugs.

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Pillows made from a vintage coverlet.

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And a chippy paint concrete planter.

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After moving everything around the booth a few times I finally decided on a layout that I liked.

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I still have some room to fill but I’m just happy to get more treasures in there at all.

I also have a new Youtube video up that documented the entire process of this blog post. From the china hutch makeover to the booth setup and you can check that out HERE.

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Sorry this post was so late coming out this week. I’m struggling with some pain in my gums and jaw. I think one of my wisdom teeth is trying to come in and its not the most enjoyable feeling in the world.

I’m off to pick up some orajel and I will talk to ya’ll next week!

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