I mentioned a little bit ago that it has been nice enough to be back out in the photo cottage already this year. When I said that, what I meant specifically was that I could be out there taking photos without freezing my face off. But it wasn’t quite warm enough that I wanted to be out there scrubbing away the winter grime. Until last week (before we had another cold snap) when I came home from work one evening and it was 62 degrees outside. So I decided there was no time like the present to head out there with my bucket of water and my scrub brush. And now I have a fresh clean floor. I was so happy with it, that I tried to include a bunch of floor space in today’s photos.
All this talk of a clean floor is meant to distract you from noticing that I don’t have a ‘before’ photo of this dresser.
I thought I had taken one, but if I did it is lost in the sea of 100’s of photos that I take every week (thus the urge to organize my photos that I mentioned yesterday). This dresser has been patiently awaiting its turn to be made over, so it is possible that I took one some time ago and I just can’t find it!
Oh well, moving on …
I went with MMS milk paint on this one because I had a feeling it would get chippy, and indeed it did.
I mixed some French Enamel and some Lucketts Green together to make this color. I’ll be honest, I was expecting a much lighter color based on seeing what was said to be this same combination on a piece on pinterest. This is a good reminder to everyone that colors in photos often don’t translate to how they look in real life.
This photos of this dresser are a really good example of that. I think the dresser looks a bit more blue in the photos than it really is. If you are proficient in MMS milk paint colors, this color is a bit lighter and a tad warmer than Kitchen Scale.
This dresser has the prettiest drawer pulls on the lower three drawers.
By the way, I did strip the top and then wax it with Cece Caldwell’s Aging Cream.
My vintage gardening books were the perfect color to use for staging.
And I threw in one of those sweet hand sewn baby dresses that I keep just for staging furniture.
This lovely dresser is for sale. If interested, please feel free to leave a comment requesting the details or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 thoughts on “a chippy dresser and a clean floor.”
Very sweet dresser and I love it when a piece has casters. Unusual hardware on the drawers and very pretty.
I didn’t talk much about the repairs we did on this one, but it was somewhat wobbly when I got it. Ken helped me shore it up, and we also realized that one of the original wooden casters was pretty worn down, which made the dresser a little lopsided. Luckily I had a set of 4 old metal casters that fit in the same holes, so I changed them all out.
Oh how I’d looooove to have a photo cottage! Yours is so pretty! Your dresser looks so pretty in there! I love how you finished and staged it! Well done! I hope you have a warm weekend!
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The photo cottage was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had! I do love it. I don’t think a warm weekend is in the cards for me. Today we are expecting scattered snow showers and wind. Gack! I’m trying to wait patiently for spring. Maybe next week 😉
Awe … Stay warm my friend!
I love the color ! I can not wait to try out the milk paint I bought a few weeks ago. The weather in North East Ohio has been very unstable. Today we expect a winter storm 😩 Can’t wait for beautiful springs days with lots of sun so I can start working on some protects outside. Thanks for sharing !
You and me both Nilda! Can’t wait!
The dresser turned out beautifully, Linda…and I love that floor!
Another gorgeous dresser…and you have the stagiang down to a science! When out garage saling this year, I will keep my eye out old books in good colors! They sure look nice with the milkpainted items. Have a great weekend!
So funny, I just stopped at a garage sale today at lunch. Yes, you read that right, today. The snow took them by surprise and they were busy wiping it off everything in the driveway when I got there. But I did pick up three vintage books, two blue and one green.
Gorgeous!! Love the colour…and as always…the perfect staging!
Beautiful, as usual. Did you use anything on the hardware?
Its a beauty for sure!
Hi Linda, I am in a quandary, I am trying to strip the top of a desk to try to make it lighter but still keep the wood grain. You make it look so simple but now I think I’ve made a big mistake. It looks just as dark when it’s wet after the varnish is off. Is it the type of wood and can I apply a lighter stain that will actually look lighter or will the type of wood always keep it looking dark. I really didn’t want to paint the top. Can I send you a picture for suggestions on what color/s you would paint the bottom. I was thinking greens in MMS.
On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:04 AM, q is for quandie. wrote:
> Quandie posted: “I mentioned a little bit ago that it has been nice enough > to be back out in the photo cottage already this year. When I said that, > what I meant specifically was that I could be out there taking photos > without freezing my face off. But it wasn’t quite wa” >
Hi Sheila. Yes, send me a photo and I’ll see if I have any ideas for you. You can email me at email@example.com.