Last week my co-workers Sue & Cathy and I went garage saling over our lunch hour, and I picked up this dresser.
It was pretty beat up, as you can sort of see in the ‘before’ picture. But on the plus side, it had all of the original hardware, the drawers all worked well, and I knew it would be much cuter painted.
I really thought about painting it in MMS Kitchen Scale, but in the back of my mind I just kept seeing it painted yellow. Then I realized why. It’s basically the same style as this famous piece by Miss Mustard herself.
In fact, take a close look, aside from the shape (tall v. wide), it is the same dresser. I assume they are the gentlemen’s and ladies’ version of the same bedroom set.
In the end I decided, why fight it? I can only see it painted yellow, so yellow it shall be. I will call it an homage to the incredible style of Miss Mustard herself.
Let’s go ahead and point out how my version pales in comparison to Miss Mustard. First, the pattern on the top drawers. You can see that this pattern was there originally. I don’t think it was an actual inlay, but just stained to look like an inlay. Once painted, I could barely even see the outline. I very much admire Marian’s ability to paint designs like this free-hand on her drawer fronts, but I do not have that skill. So my upper drawers remained plain.
Miss Mustard also painted some of the bands around the front legs of her dresser white, and I did not think to do that.
As for the top, Miss Mustard stripped and stained the top of her dresser in Dark Walnut. I just stripped and added a dark wax to mine. I think her’s is better. Although I will say that I think if someone is looking for a more rustic, aged look, mine fits that bill.
Now let’s get a close up look at the gorgeous chippy finish I ended up with on this dresser.
And that right there is why I love Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. In a nutshell. You simply won’t get this look with a chalk paint. This dresser has the perfect amount of chippyness to look authentic without it being over the top. I love it when that happens! Standing next to this dresser in person, one would really be tempted to believe this is an authentic 75 year old finish.
Here are the boring painting details for those of you who want to know (everyone else can skip this part). I stripped the top, sanded the body lightly, painted three coats of MMS milk paint in Mustard Seed Yellow on the body, and three coats of MMS milk paint in Linen on the details. It took three coats to get full coverage on this piece, and I didn’t want a streaky look. I waxed the body with MMS clear wax, and I waxed the top with two coats of my own custom blend dark wax.
This very charming yellow dresser will be available at the Carriage House Sale on Saturday. Hope you can stop by!
P.S. One little housekeeping note here. Do any of you blog in wordpress? I have been really frustrated by how fuzzy my photos seem once I load them on the blog. Recently I discovered that if you click on the photo and bring it up in another tab, you lose the fuzziness. Maybe all of you already knew this? Anyway, my tip to you if you want to see a picture in more detail with less fuzziness, just click on it (or right click, select ‘open in a new tab’). And if any of you know why this happens, or if there is a way that I can correct it, please let me know!