Ombre Effect on Furniture and OFMP GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to share this post with you as I not only have an amazing furniture transformation in store for you but also a fabulous GIVEAWAY!!!!! How fantastic is that?? As you know I am a brand blogger for the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company (check out my other posts below), so I get to ‘play’ around with different colours and experiment a little too.. That’s exactly what I did on this project..

As we were in the middle of re-decorating our living room and the dining room, the sideboard was crying out for a makeover.  I really wanted to make something a little different and decided to try out a new technique and do a bit of an ombre effect.

I used OFMP in sea greenslate bluesnow white  and extra bond  as I didn’t want the chippy look on this piece.

I mixed four colours for this:- 1) sea green, 2) two scoops sea green + 1 scoop snow white, 3) slate blue, 3) snow white.  For the first coat I added extra bond, for the other two I simply used mixed OFMP paint without extra bond.

I started by painting the top of the sideboard in the darker – sea green colour, then using a fresh brush the lighter shade, then using another brush, which was slightly watered down, I blended the colours together. Then followed with third colour and repeated the steps. To keep the colours nice and crisp, I used a separate brush for each tone and kept wiping the ‘blending brush‘ in a towel.  I kept going quite quick with the first & second coat as it was simply a guide/base for the last coat, which I did work on carefully and blended it slowly.

Once dry I used clear Daddy Vans Wax, which brings out the colours nicely and offers a great protection. The milk paint almost gives a watercolour like effect don’t you think? Here is what it turned out like!!!

Things I learned along the way…

  • When trying to mix the colours together and blend, use a spray bottle and spray the brush a little at a time;
  • Don’t spray water directly on the painted surface;
  • I used a separate brush to put on each colour, I then used another brush (slightly watered) to blend and mix;
  • Have a cloth where you can wipe the brush you use for blending so it does not have too much paint on;
  • Don’t go over too many times;
  • PREP the surface.. I learned the hard way (*sigh*) and ended up stripping the top as it started to chip – my fault as I didn’t sand the  shiny top so the paint couldn’t adhere in some places.. Lesson learned!!!
  • it does not have to be perfect, OFMP blends in nicely to create a lovely natural ombre look almost like watercolour;
  • you won’t see the final result until you seal it. I used Daddy Vans wax and it brought the colours out nicely!

Guess what? I also did a little DIY art using the colours to match the decor, so watch this space!!!


NOW the GIVEAWAY*!!!!! Here is your chance to win 3 – YES THREE pints of OFMP in the colours of your choice, as well as a tin of Daddy Vans wax in the scent of your choice!!! What are you waiting for ? Enter below!!

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*read full policy here,  T&Cs are available on website.  The giveaway is open worldwide & the giveaway prize will be provided by the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company directly to the winner. The giveaway will end on Friday 20th October 2017 at 12:00am (London Time) and the winner will be chosen at random.  The winner then will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen! GOOD LUCK!!


57 thoughts on “Ombre Effect on Furniture and OFMP GIVEAWAY

  1. This project turned out beautifully! I’ve loved all your projects using Old Fashioned Milk Paint so fingers crossed that I’m a winner so I can try it myself 😉
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

  2. i have been following your blog for some time now, your sideboard turned out wonderful, i would like to try the driftwood on my entertainment dresser, thanks xx

  3. I have a small vintage record table and a antique buffet that needs some love. Cant decide which to work on first.

  4. I would do my kitchen table and chairs, it seems a much easier to do than trying to distress them, in the normal fashion, it also gives a much better effect, my husband works in a paint store and will be able to recommend this company for people distressing furniture

  5. I haven’t tried the milk paint yet, but I’d love to! This is a beautiful Piece! I’m a newbie to furniture upcycling/refinishing. I’ve done a few pieces and am learning as I go. Hopefully, milk paint will be my next learning experience!

  6. Couple of things that need some attention, not sure which would be first. An rather tatty set of drawers, useful but not very beautiful, or an old pine dressing table that’s been stored in the garage at some point. Love your upcycling, gives it a new life completely.

  7. Love this technique! My son recently left for college & there’s an old dresser in his room that would be perfect for this. His room is becoming an office/guest room. ; D

  8. I would use the paints to copy what you have done with this sideboard – it is terrific. Your work is inspiring.

  9. This looks excellent – I’ve got lots of tired furniture that needs updating. I’m so glad I found your blog,

  10. We have some very old, wooden units that are functional but ugly and currently dominate our living room. I might be able to get along better with them if they were a bit prettier 🙂

  11. I have an old sideboard that I picked up from Freecycle earlier in the year, which I’ve been planning on doing for months, still debating what colour to use. I like the ombre effect, really pretty.

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