All Things Vintage #5 – Project Updates and Milk Paint


If you missed our Instagram Live All Things Vintage (ATV) chat on Saturday, no worries, here is a quick summary. Cindy, from Reinvented Delaware, provided an update on her upcycled wooden tray project she presented on the previous ATV by sharing the “after” transformation. The wooden tray upcycle project was impressive and completely devoid of 1970s avocado green flair.

Photo: Reinvented Delaware


Photo: Reinvented Delaware


Isn’t that an amazing transformation?  The little tray can be used for so many purposes.  I thought it would be great in a bathroom holding hand towels, wash cloths and soaps. You can read all about the project here.

I also provided an update on the overly chippy chest of drawers and talked about how I solved the problem. As of now, I don’t have any good photos to share with you of the revised “after” – so I will write about this more in a separate blog post later in the week.



As a reminder, the photo above shows what I was trying to fix.  Although the milk paint adhered well to the top and sides, it absolutely refused to adhere to the front of the drawers. It’s exasperating when milk paint refuses to adhere and comes off in large flaking sheets of dried paint.

During the latest version of All Things Vintage we talked about applying milk paint to architectural salvage.  It’s possible to buy some architectural salvage pieces in less than desirable colors for a very affordable price. I recommend taking them home and painting them using your favorite color of milk paint.




Shown above are some of my favorite pieces of architectural salvage with their natural patina and texture. I am showing how you can achieve a similar look by applying milk paint to pieces that have great shapes but aren’t in a color you like.



These antique wooden porch columns, which have been cut down, shown above are a perfect example. Initially these columns were likely 8 feet long.  However, over time, some of the wood had rotted and so the good portions of the columns were kept while the poor portions were cut out and discarded.


Photo: Sky Lark House


After a few coats of milk paint, some light sanding and then being sealed with wax, these columns can look like the photo above.  Can you see the texture and patina that milk paint imparts? I think it gives the piece more character and makes it more interesting than something painted with latex paint. Milk paint gives it a sense of authenticity.  Whereas latex paint would look too new and fresh.


Photo: Sky Lark House


These architectural pieces make great risers and can be used to display flowers, candles. flags and more. They are also great to use in the Fall to display pumpkins and gourds.



Before I ramble on further, let me simply share a link to the video with you.  Here you can watch for yourself all of the projects I shared above.  If you decide to pursue any of these projects on your own, please let us know.  You can tag us on Instagram, comment on our blog posts, or simply send us an email.  We would love to know what you did, if you felt it was successful and how you over came any challenges. Let’s be real.  We are all learning as we embark upon every new project.  So, there are bound to be challenges and set backs.  Our goal is to overcome these obstacles.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  It always means so much to me that you take the time to see what’s happening in this corner of the internet.

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