July 09, 2014

Coral Crush + Persimmon Buffet

This buffet was one of the first pieces I ever painted. 
I found it at Goodwill for $40, brought it home and painted the entire thing white. Last year, I stripped the top and painted the bottom a greenish/blue color. 

I've always said purple is my favorite color. Once I started painting furniture & my house, I realize my favorite color is any shade of blue. It's becoming a problem! 

I need a change. 
I need some color (besides blue or gray) in my home. 

General Finishes Milk Paint sent me some bright, bold colors to use. 
I loved the colors but they were a little too bright for my space. 
Make my own color!

I mixed 1 part coral crush and 1 part persimmon to get this rich color. 
If it looks crazy bright it's probably the screen settings (the first picture looks a little off on my screen).
This color is the perfect mix. It's not too pink and not too orange. 
The next three photos are very true to the actual color.

  I love the wood grain on the lip.
I went with a white washed wooden knob from Hobby Lobby. 

See the black and white photo? That is a picture of my husbands grandmother when she was in college. It's one of my favorite photos. 

 The chair is one of my extra kitchen chairs. It was also painted in GF milk paint. 
See the problem I have with blues and greens??! 
It's a serious issue!

What's the difference is between General Finishes (GF) milk paint and other milk paint brands?

GF is premixed and it is not a powder. 
It does not flake and get chippy. It is the consistency of paint.
It dries hard and sticks to almost anything.

Other brands are a powder that you mix with water. 
They will flake and get chippy (normally). You can add a bonding agent if you do not want chipping. 
The consistency is not like normal paint. It is a little more runny.

Both types of milk paint distress easily.
Hope this helps answer any questions readers might have!

My friend Reeves from The Weathered Door did a great post on various types of milk paint.
Click here to go straight to her post. 


  1. This is so pretty, Helen! Glad to see you back and sharing more pieces :) I'm the same way with colors, I'm all about the blues, greys and greens - it's definitely a problem! (ooh, I love the new wall color, by the way!)

  2. i love the color. I like how the wood grain matches the floor. it's beautiful

  3. Wow gorgeous! I'm loving the color.

  4. It's great! I get stuck in blue mode too, it's good to get out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Have a great weekend :)

  5. this is gorgeous! absolutely love the color :)

  6. Great color and I love the POP! I just did a desk with coral on the inside.

  7. Love the coral -- I am now looking for something to paint that color...

  8. I LOVE this color, way to go!

  9. I absolutely adore this! Its the perfect shade; not too pink, not too orange. I would love for you to come share it at our link party! http://www.pneumaticaddict.com/2014/09/outside-box-link-party-1.html

  10. What a bold color, its absolutely perfect!! We really appreciate the linkup at Outside [the Box]!

  11. I am a HUGE fan of coral! It's the perfect shade. Hope you link up another one of your awesome projects to http://www.bddesignblog.com/2014/09/outside-box-link-party-1.html next week!!

  12. Wow, this color is AMAZING! Talk about some serious eye candy! Thanks so much for sharing it over at The Makers :)

  13. How funny! I just ordered these two colors last week and had planned on mixing them!! I figured they would make a good combo and I was right! I love the buffet.

  14. Did you paint over your previous paint colors? If not, did you sand off the old paint or strip it? I'm looking to repaint a cabinet as well. Thanks!

  15. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.