The gals at Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater (one of the shops that carry my pieces) have started to sell a new paint line called Little Billy Goat. When I popped in the other day I picked up a few colors to try it out, Greyson, Prize Winner and Momma’s Fridge.
I gotta say, the packaging on this stuff is fabulous. It comes in a canning jar! And each jar has a cloth over the top, how cool is that? From a practical point of view, I have to say that I really love the canning jars! It’s very easy to wipe the rim and put the lid back on. Somehow much easier than a traditional can like Annie Sloan uses, and definitely better than the plastic lidded can that Cece Caldwell uses.
Mr. Q and I picked up this sweet little dresser a couple of weeks ago and I knew it would be the perfect guinea pig for testing this paint.
See that funky octagon on the top drawer? There was an odd little piece of trim glued on there. I took it off before I remembered to take the ‘before’ photo. I gotta tell you, it looked like a nipple. There. I had to say it. A big ol’ nipple in the middle of the drawer. Yeah, it had to go.
Aside from the nipple, this sweet little dresser basically had no flaws. I love finding pieces like this! No repairs necessary, it just needed a new paint job.
So I opened up a can of Momma’s Fridge and happily painted away.
Wait, let’s back up a step. First I visited the website for Little Billy Goat. They claim their paint “rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming” so guess what? I didn’t do any prep. Well, I did wipe it down ever so quickly with a damp cloth. That was it. In addition, the website says “adding water makes for a smoother surface.” OK. I’m down with that, so I added some water to my paint to thin it out a bit. I like a smoother surface. You can use it ‘as is’ if you like a more textured surface.
I painted two coats of paint on the dresser.
I then used white acrylic craft paint on the little details at either side of the top drawer to give them a little more pop. I also added a small stencil to the middle of the top drawer. I did that because I could still see a little ghost of that darn octagon nipple and the stencil helped to camouflage that.
Once everything was dry, I sanded lightly to distress and then finished with Miss Mustard Seed clear wax. Little Billy Goat sells a clear matte sealer with their paint, but I have not tried that product. I think I’d like to though. I have to admit, waxing is hard work. There has to be a better way. I’ve always loved the end look of wax though, plus I definitely can use the arm workout.
The hardware on this dresser is very pretty. I love the pulls on the lower three drawers.
I staged this piece with some vintage toys, a tiny chair and a gorgeous handmade baby dress. Just look at that stitching. This dress must have taken quite some time to finish.
Whereas this dresser did not! The Little Billy Goat paint went on easily, covered well in two coats and distressed quickly. I didn’t seem to have any problems due to not sanding my piece before painting. So if you’re looking for an easy product to use to revamp your own furniture, this one fills the bill.
But if you’d rather purchase a dresser already painted for you, this one is available!
Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased this paint myself, all opinions are my own.