marble topped dresser.

Sometimes buying and selling on craigslist can be a real pain in the you know what.  For example, last week I sent inquiries on three different pieces and never heard back on any of them.  The ads are still posted.  What’s up with that?  I’d like to point out that if you don’t contact your potential buyers, it’s hard to sell your item.  Just in case that isn’t obvious for anyone else.


OK.  I got that out of my system.  And what I actually wanted to say was that this time it was the total opposite.  It couldn’t have been easier.  I contacted the seller, she got back to me right away, and as it turned out she was located less than a mile from my Wednesday night Zumba class.  Not only that, but it actually was Wednesday.  Plus the seller was fine with an 8:45 pm pick up time.  So after Zumba, my sister and I popped over there to pick it up.  The cherry on the sundae?  The seller had it all ready to go in the garage.  We basically had to carry it about 10′ from the garage to the back of the truck.  Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any ‘before’ shots this time.  Oh well.  I got plenty of ‘after’ shots!

marble dresser corner

This is a marble topped dresser.

marble top

Since the marble is white with grey veining, I decided I should keep the dresser in the same colors.  I painted the body in MMS Trophy and the handles and trim in MMS Grain Sack.

marble topped dresser

I got lots of great chipping on this piece.  It’s been a while since I’ve gotten some genuine chipping, so that was pretty exciting (what can I say, I live a pretty thrilling life).

marble dresser chipping

marble dresser angle

I staged this with a gorgeous monogrammed linen tablecloth that I picked up at a garage sale last week.  I just love a good monogram, even though I usually have no idea what letters they are supposed to be.  I’m going with SWS on this one.  Maybe?


The hydrangeas are starting to turn for fall, so I had to throw some of them in the photo as well.  These are Limelight hydrangeas.

fall hydrangeas

hydrangeas 2

Before I let you go, a public service announcement for my local readers:  if you didn’t happen to notice it in the comments last week, Jody at Farmhouse Inspired in Hudson is offering a 10% discount on the Junk Gypsy paint that I used on my painted pots last week.  Check out the Junk Gypsy colors here.  I think that I am “Modern Farmhouse” …


With a little “Coastal” thrown in.


Check out the different styles and let me know which one fits you!

13 thoughts on “marble topped dresser.

  1. Will have to check out “Farmhouse Inspired”.
    Thanks for the heads up. Charming piece – love
    the color you chose to go with the marble top.
    Presentation is absolute perfection. Dang I must
    put im some Limelights those are so pretty.
    Off to work hope your day is lovely.


  2. Oh….Don’t get me started. I found a piece on CL that was advertised $150 OBO. So I offered $120. We went back and forth for three days, and then she confirmed it on the phone. My husband picked up his brother and his brother’s truck and went to pick it up yesterday. Completely the other side of town. Anyway, they claimed they never agreed to $120. Rather than leave empty handed, my husband ended up giving them $130. The good news is that it was a much better piece than the pictures suggested.

    The Trophy looks marvelous with the marble top. Nice work, as always.


    1. I once went to pick up a piece that was advertised for $100. When I got there the seller said ‘oh no, it’s $150’, so I pulled up the ad on my phone and showed it to her. It definitely said $100, but she said that was a ‘typo’ and it was supposed to be $150, however she would go down to $125 if I wanted it. I walked away without it. But I also paid attention to see if she would ‘correct’ her ad to show the $150 and she did not. Hmmm. Kinda makes you wonder, right?


      1. Ordinarily, I would walk. But I have needed a piece that is 40″ tall to cover the mess of tv wires, and couldn’t find anything tall enough. Been looking for ages. The truth is, when I started working on it, I realized it was a real gem. Solid wood from start to finish. No dings or scratches, not that it would matter since I am painting it. But I hate people who play games. I am all for negotiating price, that doesn’t offend me at all. But once you settle on a price, your word is your word. Typo, my a$$.


  3. So does the MMS always chip? Is that the cool thing about it? I had someone tell me that happens yesterday and now read this from you. I am curious and as you know always willing go learn


    1. Sadly no, the milk paint does not always chip. Sometimes it doesn’t chip at all (case in point, see the dresser I painted for my niece Kris in today’s post). There are methods you can use to try and control it if you don’t want it to chip, but it’s more difficult (in my opinion) to make it chip. There are methods use can use like a hemp oil resist, using canning wax, or using tape to remove some paint (click on each method for a post about it) to sort of give the same feel as chipping, but if you are a stickler for details (guilty as charged) they don’t look quite the same as real chipping. So I am always thrilled when the chipping happens authentically like it did on this piece. And yes, that is absolutely the cool thing about milk paint and something that you won’t get with any other sort of paint on the market. Oh, and fyi, the chipping happens when the existing finish on a piece resists the milk paint. Unlike chalk, latex, or acrylic paints which sit on the surface of your piece, milk paint is meant to absorb into the wood. So when it meets resistance in the form of old varnish, oils from being handled, or any of the methods listed, it chips away.


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