I may have to seek a 12 step program soon. I can see it now, “hello, my name is Linda and I am addicted to miniature dressers.”
But gosh, this one was so unique. A different style completely from my other ones. I just really had to have it.
I’m sure I overspent on it. It was $55. I should have negotiated. I should have walked away. But this is the problem with addictions, you just don’t care about the cost. I guess there are worse things I could be addicted to though, right?
Once I got a good up close and in person look at this little dresser, I realized that it was originally painted, but had been stripped at some point. Here is a message for all of those people who gasp whenever someone paints wood, guess what? some wood was meant to be painted all along. This isn’t pretty wood. I’m sure back in the 80’s when stripping paint was all the rage, someone stripped a perfectly fantastic vintage paint job from this dresser thinking they would find beautiful wood underneath. Bummer. And it was in my favorite shade of aqua too. See …
But luckily I had a pretty good idea about how to restore an original looking paint job … with layers of milk paint.
First I wiped the dresser with a damp cloth. I didn’t sand at all, because I was going to be fine with some chipping. The surface felt really dry to me though, so I had a feeling it wasn’t going to chip much. I started with a layer of Miss Mustard Seed’s Luckett’s Green.
Yep, as I suspected, no chipping.
Next I added some hemp oil. I just dabbed a little on my finger and ran it around all of the edges. Then I added two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen. I used a little blow drying (with a hair dryer) between coats to encourage my paint to chip (and it did chip in all the spots that were hit with the hemp oil). Once the final coat was dry, I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, then finished with some furniture wax.
I also added a rub-on message to one of the drawers. And it’s true, I am utterly happy with how this one turned out.
Just look at that chipping, talk about divine! This is MMS milk paint at its finest.
The drawers all got lined with some pretty October Afternoon scrapbook paper.
The beauty of working on this little dresser was knowing that I was keeping it for myself, so I could do whatever I wanted with it. This is totally my look; vintage, chippy, pretty, aqua and green. Perfect for me.
I’ve already made a place for this in the Q branch.
It will be the perfect spot to store my rubber stamps and ink pads. Now I will know exactly where they are whenever I need them.