Mr. Q recently brought home another tall dresser from craigslist, and once again I neglected to take my own ‘before’ shot so I am using the photo that accompanied the ad.
It wasn’t really terribly special, and the hardware was quite Ugly with a capital “U”.
I knew I could dress this one up with some stenciling though. I decided to revisit an overall damask stencil like I did last year on this piece.
I wanted to keep it just a tad more subtle this time though.
I started by painting the dresser in one of the MMS European colors, Schloss. It still had a rather streaky look after coat no. 2, so three coats were needed on this one. It’s a bit lighter than the Trophy that I used last year, and really even a bit lighter than I expected it to be. But that’s not a bad thing, I really like how pale it is.
Once the three coats of Schloss were on, I stenciled the damask pattern using a lighter grey acrylic craft paint, Martha Stewart’s Lake Fog.
I sanded and then finished with a coat of MMS furniture wax. One thing to keep in mind when using an acrylic paint on top of a milk paint, the clear wax will darken up the milk paint but not the acrylic paint. Before the wax went on, it was almost hard to even see the damask pattern on the drawers. The wax darkened up the milk paint background just enough to bring out the stencil. I love the sort of faded quality I got this time.
You can see that I used pretty cut glass knobs that add a little touch of sparkle but don’t compete with the stencil.
This dresser had a lot of damage to the veneer around all of the edges of the drawers. I decided to just work with that and consider it part of the character.
The Schloss is a very warm grey.
My lilac blossoms opened just in time for the photo shoot!
The combination of the purple flowers and this pale grey is gorgeous.
But this shade of grey would work equally well with blue, or in an all white room.
This dresser is for sale for $225, let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, this one is sold.