I previewed this piece last week as I took it to the sale over the weekend, but I wanted to write a full post on it - as it's such a fun color, and the first time I've used it!
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I picked up a couple of maple pieces from an estate, and knew immediately I wanted to try General Finishes Persimmon Milk Paint! It's a warm color, not at all in your face orange, but a more warm muted orange tone. It would certainly be a statement piece in a room, but at the same time go with several other colors.
Here's the desk before...
I removed all those chunky wood pulls, filled holes, prep sanded the piece, and stained the tops first. When I'm doing a wood stained top, I always sand and stain the top first. Once I get a couple coats of top coats on it (High Performance Top Coat in Flat), I move on to paint. I do the staining first because I'm messy! And I often get stain in places I don't want it.
I also try to be working on a few pieces at once, I find if I've got a couple pieces in the works, my process overall is quicker because I can jump back and forth between them as coats are drying.
I stained the top of this desk with (Espresso Water Based Stain), and sealed it with three coats of (General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat finish). It has the smoothest top!
Surprisingly, the desk took 3 coats of (Persimmon Milk Paint) - I was surprised at this, but it's just one of those colors. Once the paint was dry, I distressed all the edges with 120 grit sandpaper, and then glazed the piece with (Burnt Umber Glaze Effects). The glaze really settled in the distressed areas and brought the edges to life.
To glaze I brushed it on all over, then moved it around with a wet paper towel, and then a dry one until I got the look I wanted. This gives a light over all glazed look. It tones down the color just a bit and adds some interest.
And here's the finished desk! All painted and fresh in a new coat of glory!! Quite a difference some new knobs and a couple coats of paint will make, don't you think??
I'm loving this color, and would definately use it again!
Happy Painting!! Until next time,