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Old Fashioned Milk Paint Union Jack Nightstand

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Makeover a discarded piece of furniture into a beautiful Union Jack Nightstand with milk paint.

Union Jack

Welcome to Our Crafty Mom! I’m so happy to announce that I have been chosen to participate in the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.’s official Brand Bloggers and Ambassadors program. 

Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.

This post is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. in the form of paints.  Although this post is sponsored all the opinions are my own. I only promote product I believe in! 

Today I get to reveal my first project completed with this paint and I am really happy to share it with you.

If you’ve visited here before, you know how much I love to refinish furniture.  Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. is the first original true milk paint on the market since 1974.

I love the history of this company. I also love that it contains only ingredients that are all-natural and will not harm the environment, making it truly a “green paint”.

Did I mention it also comes in 20 colors?  But you can also mix colors and come up with so many more.  I can’t wait to experiment with different colors and techniques using this paint.

The OFMP is packaged in a dry powder form. You don’t need to use primer, just add water and mix to your desired amount of paint (a pint, quart or a gallon).  

You control the type of paint you are mixing to obtain either a stain, full coverage paint or perhaps a stenciling project.

For this project I decided to use soldier blue and snow white. Look how cool the packaging is. Love the little brown bags.

OFMP Soldier Blue Milk Paint

I used a mason jar to mix the milk paint adding equal amounts of powder and water until it formed a nice consistency for full coverage.  

As I was using the milk paint on a previously finished, unsanded piece, I did add OFMP Extra-Bond to ensure that the paint adhered well.

As with any piece of furniture, prep is so important. Not only ensure that you clean it properly, but also do the necessary prep work for the piece that you are working with.

While OFMP does not require primer-the first coat acts as a primer-if you do not sand the piece it will chip as it dries.

If you are going for that great chippy look we all love, then you are good to go.  As I did not want this piece to be chippy, I added Extra Bond and it worked like a dream.

As I know I will be mixing up a lot of different paint, I simply peeled off the label from the bag and adhered it to my mason jar so I know what colors I am working with.

I have always wanted to paint a piece of furniture with the Union Jack Flag. Not really sure why, I have just seen some beautiful pieces painted with this design and wanted to give it a try.

My Dad came through for me again with this curbside find. It is a cute little nightstand in a light maple with a floral design.

I thought the size was perfect to transform with milk paint and the Union Jack Flag. Here is the before:


And the after:

Union Jack nighstand

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Union Jack nightstand

I simply gave it two coats of Soldier Blue milk paint, letting it dry between coats. I then printed a Union Jack Flag that I found on Pinterest to use as a guide for taping the piece:

Soldier Blue Milk Paint

I used painter’s tape cutting where necessary with an exacto knife to get the design as close to the image as I could.

I am not one for dimensions and measuring. I don’t seem to have enough patience for that-though I wish I did.

I then started with the snow white milk paint and finished with a red paint that I had on hand. I really wanted to distress and age the flag.

I heavily distressed the top with my new favorite toy-an orbital sander-then used OFMP antique brown wax to achieve this look.

I like that it is not bright red and white-that is not the look I was going for. I know the flag is not perfect, but I am so thrilled with how it came out.

I am not sure where it will end up, but I can finally cross this design off my bucket list! Here is a close up of the distressed corners:


How gorgeous is this blue? I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite blue. It is sort of  a cross between a navy and a royal, but just perfect.

I say it all the time, but seriously, what a difference paint can make.

Check back soon for more OFMP projects, including this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.

I hope to finish up that project this weekend. Thanks for visiting and have a great day.



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Great job on your union jack project, Michelle. The before and after is quite incredible. Take care.

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