Mr. Q and I picked up this beautiful antique dresser on the other side of the city a couple of weeks ago.
The seller was a very nice gentleman, but as soon as we stepped inside his house I knew he wouldn’t be happy that I was going to paint it. It was probably because the house was full of lovingly refinished antiques. Lots of shiny wood. Everywhere.
I wasn’t going to mention that I would be painting it, but he asked me outright what I was going to do to it, and since it was already loaded in the truck at that point, I figured it was safe to admit that it would be painted. Sure enough, his response was “oh, I wish I hadn’t asked!”
I should have kept his contact information though because I like to think that he would be happy with the end result. True, it’s painted, but I got the most lovely crackled finish on this one. I feel like it almost looks more authentic painted than it did with its former semi-shiny poly finish.
What originally drew me to this piece was this trim on the sides. I knew it would just pop with a little paint and distressing.
The top of this dresser was already stripped when I got it, and it looked so nice that I decided to just wax it.
The body of the dresser got a base coat of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Eulalie’s Sky, followed by two coats of MMSMP in Linen. I was hoping for some chipping to reveal the base coat, but got very little. You can see it peeking out just a little in some spots, but it is subtle.
I finished with MMS furniture wax.
I also painted the hardware. That is milk paint, and I did not use the bonding agent. So, as you can see, milk paint will stick to metal. Not always! But in this case it did. All I did to prep the hardware was wash it with dish soap and a toothbrush. Not only did this dresser have all of its drawer pulls, but it even had all of the keyhole escutcheons. That is extremely rare with most of the stuff I work with (in other words, lower priced pieces, lol).
I staged this guy with some lovely hydrangea that I picked up at my local Bachmans. I wish I could say these grew in my garden, but no.
I added some vintage wallpaper as a backdrop for my first photo shoot.
Then I thought perhaps I should try some shots with the window.
Now I have managed to provide myself with another conundrum. With window, or without?
This lovely antique dresser is for sale for $245. Ooops, this one is sold.