I’d been holding on to this beauty for a LOOOOOONG time, dreading the daunting task of cleaning and prepping for her inevitable makeover. Here she is before a deep and I do mean deep cleaning. Her former residence was a lovely old barn and man did she come complete with the remnants of her former home…years worth of dust, dirt and spider webs. Thank goodness no actual spiders!
Fast forward some…I was pursuing the internet and stumbled upon Pantone’s color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, and immediately new I wanted to use the color on the trunk. Very shortly after, I found this, my inspiration for Miss Dusty Dirty!
I started by painting the embellishments first. It was easier and a bit of a motivator to get the more time consuming part done first. Once that was done, I applied a coat of white chalk paint that was given to us as a tester. Next, I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in French Enamel followed by a coat of Flow Blue. It chipped naturally in some places as you can see, but in other places, I had to help it along.
I’m totally smitten with the final product. The versatility of milk paint is amazing! I know many people are apprehensive to try it out because it requires mixing, but I assure you, it’s so easy to work with and totally worth the few extra minutes it’ll take to mix. In addition to the ease of use, I LOVE that it’s VOC free and 100% natural. PS, aside from the fact that my little ones are so endearing and encouraging and love to shower their mama with compliments about her furniture, I totally painted this in the house around them without hesitation because it’s just that safe.