I've had this smaller bench for a few years and never liked the way it looked.  So I decided to paint it.  I chose a bright and cheery turquoise color called Destin Gulf Green and the design was painted in Emperor's Silk red.  The design was painted free-hand in a folk artsy swirly design.  Then it was finished in Varathane Satin.

The three small pieces were all experiments that turned out better than I had hoped using Old Fashioned Milk Paint.  The color is light cream.  The square board was simply a shelf I didn't use on in a small previous table that has already been sold.  I used a blow dryer to hasten the dryer of each layer.  This really enhanced the crackly appearance big time!  I know I could have added a bonding agent (which I have) to allow the paint to bond to the surface and not chip, but why would I do that?  I was striving for ultra chippy and I got it!  Woot!

Next I tried the milk paint on a piece of old floor board.  From all I had read, this was supposed to chip off a lot, but it really didn't.  This had a ultra glossy coat of enamel on the board so I didn't think it would adhere very well but it did better than I thought.  I have two boxes of these board that I saved from a renovation project in our home, they came from an enclosed back porch that the floor was replaced.  Anyway, they're a cool size for signs!

The last thing I painted with the milk paint was a cute little spice rack and it chipped off more than I thought it would but I think it looks great.  It looks like it is a very old piece though it's not that old at all.

All the pieces are finished with Varathane Satin to make sure no further chipping occurs.  This was a fun experiment and the challenging thing about milk paint is the fact that it IS unpredictable.  I just used chalk paint for the lettering done free hand.

Yup, you read that right.  I wanted to do something crazy on the shelf.  The fall colors and wind were inspiring me and I so I went a little crazy!  This is a neat little shelf could sit on the floor or atop a piece of furniture.  You decide.  I chose a bunch of fall colors and literally just slapped em' on here and there randomly.  I love the "freestyle"!  Sometime ya just gotta go with your crazy side.

The next piece is an antique baby buggy I got at the Springfiled OH flea market in Sept.  It was missing the inside but that's not a problem.  My husband will cut a sturdy board to match the inside dimensions and add chain link and hooks on each corner so the height can be adjusted, shallow for a baby or deeper for toddler's.  This may get used for photos shoots with "Photographs by Amy Oliver", (my daughter) or I may/can use it in my booth to display and hold smaller items.

Anyway, they buggy's original color was a horrible dark and drab olive color and going with my shabby look, I decided to paint it in an intentional non-perfect style with Old White chalk paint.  I turned out fabulous and the color makes it suitable for all kinds of photo shoots and more.  I really love the appearance!

shabby chic, annie sloan chalk paint, upcycled accent furniture