Restoration Hardware Inspired Beach House Table And Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint From Robyn Story Designs

restoration hardware knockoff

Up here at our beach home, I FINALLY convinced my husband that we needed to get rid of the big beast television...
in our open plan living room that was hardly ever watched. Who needs TV when you have the ocean to look at instead! The television was on one of those old wall units that were popular before flat screen tv's were around and we donated it all to some needy folks in the area. We are long time DIY'ers, so we set out to work on a table for that wall just to use for display of some pieces that we've collected over the years. 

I'll show just a bit of our inspiration, the table in construction and the finishing process using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I got my paint from our sponsor Robyn Story Designs and she ships both the MMS Milk Paint and the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as well...

milk paint tutorial
restoration hardware farmhouse table

Our inspiration was this beautiful table from Restoration Hardware. We have a Restoration Hardware near the beach house, and fell in love (love, love!) with it there....but for our needs couldn't not justify the price and we wanted a painted finish...

saw for table building

My husband is a whiz with power tools, an absolute genius with them in fact...

building a table diy

The lumber cost about $75 and the table took him approximately 3 hrs to build. He is super fast & works without plans...amazing & another reason that the guy's a keeper!


farmhouse table building instructions

It was made to easily be taken apart, since we had to transport it in the pick up to the beach house and drag it in.

milk paint jar

There are several ways to mix milk paint. I've actually worked with milk paint for many years by another company so am familiar with it and the nature of how it applies. The paint comes in a powder form and you mix with water. I decided to do a French Enamel blue wash first and then topcoat with Ironstone. I used a Mason jar to mix with the shake method (shake, shake, shake!) but the best way is really with a spare blender jar just for paint...which unfortunately I did not have...


The paint is lumpy...but you can smooth these lumps out easily as you brush along. If you do use a blender that won't be as much of an issue {aka~be prepared and obv I am often NOT}


If I had wanted the paint to be thicker and not as transparent I would have given it another coat and added less water. That's the beauty of milk paint...you have complete control! I was going for a wash and to make the table look more like old beat up boards that you might find in a faded blue. Like driftwood...
But the blue wash looked complete to me and brought out the natural knots in the Southern Yellow Pine...


Next came a layer of MMS White Milk Paint. I tested out the colors on a spare board first and recommend doing so to save grief! Here you can see the layers...


Playing around with sanding and waxing, which is a necessary step to seal the paint and provide protection.


After sanding and waxing you can see the grain of the blue wash under the white...DONE!
colors beach house
beach house console table



Love to build and save money as a DIYer? I have two more tutorials for Farmhouse Tables that you might want to visit! 




6 comments

Anne said...

Beautiful table Janet!That color is so pretty and perfect for a beach home!
xx
Anne

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Janet! Your hubby is a whiz and you did a fantastic job with the milk paint. I love the color!

XO,
Jane

susi said...

Love it! Design,size & color! Xxoo

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Janet the table came out so nice. I love the color and the size it looks great in your beach house.
Kris

Georgianna said...

You are so inspiring! I wouldn't know where to start on a project like this but I sure would love to have a table like that! Wish you lived down the road. :)

xo

Donna said...

Love this and the color looks like the beautiful blue water. Sounds like fun decorating a beach house. Enjoy!

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