Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to leave a comment regarding the question of drawer pulls last week. Pressed brass drawer pulls, should they stay or should they go now? If they go there will be trouble, if they stay it will be double … is anyone else singing along? For those of you not old enough, that song is by The Clash and was written in 1981. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t about drawer pulls though.
Well, to clear up any mystery, here are the actual drawer pulls in question.
And I’m guessing that some of you might be tempted to think that was a ‘before’ picture, but no, it’s not. Thus leading to today’s question. How chippy is too chippy?
Let’s start at the beginning though, shall we?
A week or two ago I found three dressers in one day on craigslist. Two were even right here in my own hometown, which was pretty awesome. It was also Mr. Q’s day off, so he was free to run around picking them up. In the end, we only purchased two of them. The third was a little overpriced and the seller wasn’t budging on the asking price, so Mr. Q passed on it. This dresser is the first one he purchased that day.
As you can see, it had that ugly orange-y/reddish stain. I am not a fan. Job no. 1 was to strip the top and then wax it. Easy enough.
Turned out beautifully.
Next step was to paint the body in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. Those of you who follow Miss Mustard Seed have probably been reading about the new color she has coming out, Farmhouse White. I was so wishing I had that color for this dresser! But no, I am just impatiently waiting for it like most everyone else. Meanwhile, since I’d had such good luck with the Marzipan and leaving it unwaxed (on the book page dresser), I chose to go with that color again. I was aiming for a chippy, vintage farmhouse look, so I opted not to pre-sand. I did wipe the dresser down with some TSP substitute though.
I have to say, even after having painted, let’s see, maybe close to 100 pieces of furniture in milk paint, I still often can’t predict the end result. I suspected I would get some chipping. I wanted plenty of chipping. What I got was A LOT of chipping.
Personally, my heart still skips a little beat whenever I see an awesomely chippy piece of furniture. One of my own favorite pieces is this chippy cupboard that resides out in my photo cottage.
Recently I saw a very similar cupboard (much taller, but the doors were missing) for sale at my local Bachman’s and the price tag said $1,000 (Maplewood location in case any of you locals want to rush out and buy it). No lie.
So when I saw how chippy this dresser turned out, I thought it was pretty fab. My sister wasn’t so sure.
I could have opted to sand this all down to the wood and start over. I have done that before and in general once you do the sanding necessary to take all of the paint off, the next coats of paint tend to adhere pretty well (not always, but generally).
But I was kind of loving the chippy.
When my friend Meggan dropped by to pick me up for some thrifting, she voted a resounding yes on the chippy as well! So how about you? Chippy yes or chippy no?
Lots of ironstone seemed like the right choice for staging this dresser.
Along with some old books and wooden utensils.
As for the drawer pulls, there were a couple of comments left on my last post about them that really made sense to me. Kim made a comment about creating the look I want with the dresser and then deciding on the hardware. And Nikkii’s comment about choosing a style really clicked with me. I realized that this dresser was going to be vintage farmhouse all the way!
I think the existing pressed brass drawer pulls totally work with the chippy, vintage farmhouse vibe of this dresser. I hope you agree!
This dresser is available for sale by the way. If you are local and interested, feel free to leave a comment and I will be happy to email you with the details.