Saturday, October 6, 2012

Antique Pie Safe Re-done

Today I want to share an antique pie safe I just finished restoring.

Now I don't want all of you chippy paint lovers to cry when I tell you I painted this piece. I know a lot of you would have left it as is, but I had my reasons.  Here is the before picture.

This is the top...

and here is the bottom.  If you look on the top of the bottom :-) you'll see a bag and a watering can with water.  This is the milk paint that I used to paint the pie safe.

First, I had to make some minor repairs, after over 100 years of use things were kind of sagging and loose! Then I gave it a thorough scrubbing and boy did it need it!

Next I painted the entire outside of the piece with milk paint in "Buttermilk". After that dried I took a scrapper and gently scraped off the loose paint. Milk paint, without the bonding agent, will not bond in certain areas and is easily scraped off giving you that sought after chippy look.

I then antiqued the entire piece with a burnt umber wash and after that dried I dry brushed on more milk paint and scraped again. Once it was dry I applied two coats of clear, soft wax to the entire piece which sealed it stopping the chipping and protecting the finish.

Here is the finished piece.  I like that soft color much better and it is clean!

A close up of the front shows that you still have that chippy, worn look so you can quit crying now! lol

I love the patina on the butcher block top on the bottom and I left the original hardware with all their chippiness. (Hmmm, wonder how many times I can work a variation of chippy in this post)

The inside of the top was clean but had stains so I gave it a light coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Versailles". Much better!

The bottom drawers are metal which is typical of a piece like this but the sides were wood and also had stains so I gave all the drawers a coat of ASCP in "Madonna Blue" (a color I mixed myself using different original ASCP colors).  By the way you will be seeing more original colors of chalk paint as I am creating a whole line of unique colors to use on my furniture.

I am having so much fun mixing my own colors of chalk paint.  The possibilities are endless and I'm giving each color a name.

Finally, I gave the entire piece inside and out two coats of clear, soft wax.  This stopped the paint from chipping and protects your finish.

I hope you like how it turned out and are inspired to try milk paint for yourself. :-)

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Restore and Renew said...

I like the finish piece. I love the peely chippy look, but I would have painted this piece as well.
Donna G.

PJH Designs said...

Hi Donna, thanks I'm glad you like it. :-)

Unknown said...

I don't understand "milk paint" but I love your " new" pie safe and want to learn more. Thanks for sharing at repurposed ideas weekly! said...

It looks ten times better! There is "chippy" and then there's "chippy!" The latter is preferred!

Snugglebug Blessings said...

I love this piece and loved how it turned out. I'm so happy I found you and that you are so willing to share your talent for repurposing furniture as I want to start doing that and selling them at my booth. So much furniture gets thrown away when it can be repurposed. Thanks for showing us how! God bless.

Cecilia said...

That turned out great! Love all the "chippyness". And yay! all cleaned and spruced up ready for another 100 years or so. Lovely!

PJH Designs said...

Hi Mario, milk paint is a historical paint that is made with milk. It is a very versatile paint as you can control the amount of coverage according to whether you add the bonding agent or not. I'm glad you like my pie safe. Thanks for stopping by.

PJH Designs said...

Thanks Beth. lol you are right this was definitely not the preferred chippy.

PJH Designs said...

Hi Cathy! I'm so glad you found me also and hope I can be of help to you in refurbishing furniture. There is so much satifaction in taking something someone was going to throw away and making it into something people just love. Hugs, Peggy

PJH Designs said...

Thanks Cecilia, that is just what I was thinking as I finished it up. Peggy

Unknown said...

Wow, it looks awesome! You did a fabulous job. I love the chalk paint in the drawers. I haven't tried the milk paint yet, but after seeing this I really want to! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so thrilled to have you! Have a wonderful week. :)

pipigirl said...

i think you did a fantastic job..... cant wait to see your color scematics!!!

pipigirl said...


PJH Designs said...

Thank you pipigirl. I'll be sharing a couple of the colors on my next post.

Unknown said...

It's beautiful! What a unique piece of furniture and your transformation is perfect!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Love it! laurie

Unknown said...

featured your post on my facebook page. Thanks again!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Peggy, I love what you've done with your pie safe. A truly gorgeous transformation.
Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I will be featuring you at tomorrow's party :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh wow Peggy, she's a beauty!

PJH Designs said...

Thanks so much Sharon.

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

Love it! wonderful job!

PJH Designs said...

Thank you I'm glad you like it.

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