That title sounds like some sort of rural floozy from Provence, although apparently the spelling should then be “chippie” (and if you don’t understand what I mean, look it up). But in this case it’s this fabulous dresser.
I started with this dresser that I purchased via craigslist.
As usual, it looks great in the photo, but it had some flaws. For one thing, the top was falling off. Ken waved his magic wand and fixed her right up. The finish was not in terrible condition, but there were some water rings on the top. The main flaw, in my opinion, was that someone had put a rather shiny poly on it. I am not a fan of shiny.
But shiny can work in your favor sometimes with milk paint. In this case, I was able to get the absolutely perfect amount of crackling and chipping thanks to that previous finish.
So, what do you think of the green? I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure at first. This is the same Sweet Pickins’ In a Pickle that I used on the farmhouse table. At first I thought it might be just a bit too bold for a dresser and that it might have an adverse effect on my ability to sell it. I seriously considered putting white over it and letting just some of the green peek through. But then I thought to hell with it! I love it. If no one else loves it, too bad. If it doesn’t sell, I’ll just keep it myself!
This time I used my custom mixed dark wax (a mix of Johnson’s paste wax and dark brown Briwax) instead of the Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax. That deepened the green a bit and helped bring out those fabulous crackles.
I used a new trick to get more chipping; tape. After my paint had dried for about 24 hours, I pressed some blue painters tape along the edges of each drawer and then ripped it away pulling some of the paint with it. It worked beautifully. Maybe this piece would have chipped anyway once I vacuumed it, but it’s hard to say. I recommend trying the tape thing yourself.
You can see that I switched out the knobs for glass. I just felt like they brought out the vintage farmhouse look I was going for.
Why am I calling this a french farmhouse dresser? Well, not because I know what kind of furniture they have in french farmhouses, but because I added a french stencil from Maison de Stencils to what I feel is a very farmhouse style piece.
Plus, I looked it up and the Pas-de-Calais region of France has 2,000,000 acres of farmland (Wikipedia said so). So really, this stencil is very apropos for a french farmhouse dresser.
I’m a little disappointed that my stencil looks fuzzy in all of these photos. It really isn’t fuzzy in person, but I continue to have problems with my photos looking fuzzy on WordPress. You’ll just have to trust me when I say it isn’t this fuzzy. Or, better yet, come and see it yourself at the grand opening event for Eye Candy ReFind in Hastings.
My vintage “Young Folks History of France” book was the perfect shade of green for staging this piece, along with my grandmother’s green depression glass canister.
So what do you think? Are you in or are you out when it comes to green?