It has been a busy, busy week here! Two home tours on two different blogs and now to cap it off, a furniture makeover. All to be followed by some serious napping time this weekend I think.
I’d forgotten just how long ago I picked up this pretty little dresser until I dug out the ‘before’ photos.
Hmmmm. No leaves on the trees, brown grass and last year’s hydrangea blossoms still on the bush. This had to have been April, if not earlier.
I’m not sure my ‘before’ photo captured it, but this dresser had a really ugly finish on it. It looked like one of those ‘antiquing’ finishes. You remember ‘antiquing’ from the 70’s, right? It was weird. All I know is that it had to go.
I followed my usual m.o. I stripped the top and then waxed it. I used Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax instead of a tinted wax. I love the pale wood top, and I’m happy with leaving all of its imperfections as is. My sister took a look at it and declared that she prefers when I stain and poly the tops. That’s OK. There are lots of different opinions out there, I’m just hoping that there are potential customers out there who like the rustic patina of this top as much as I do.
Next I painted the body in the Real Milk Paint Co. milk paint that Reclaiming Beautiful is now carrying. This time I chose a color called Dragonfly. Just for fun I snapped a ‘behind the scenes’ photo for you guys while the paint was still drying.
This is my preferred method of painting lower pieces like this one. I find it difficult to sit on the floor for too long, or to bend over for too long, so I hoist the furniture up onto the horses and this way I can reach everything with ease. It also makes it so much easier to paint the feet. Sometimes I stand while painting and sometimes I use my painting stool. It is far easier to sand and wax things at this height also. And yes, I did finish this one with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax.
Here is the finished dresser.
I am officially in love with this color and with the perfectly distressed finish I got using the Real Milk Paint Co. paint.
The Dragonfly is a gorgeous rich blue green.
By the way, those are my Endless Summer hydrangeas and that is the sum total of blossoms that were on it this year. So sad. And yes, the pink and the blue came from just the one bush. I know that supposedly the acidity in the soil determines the color, but it seems odd to me that one bush has differing levels of acidity in different branches. What do you think?
Anyway, I got plenty of chipping on this piece, which I think works perfectly with the age and style of it.
I discarded the knobs that came on the dresser. I’m quite sure they weren’t original to the piece, they had a sort of tacky 70’s vibe. These gorgeous glass knobs from D Lawless are much better suited.
I’ll be sharing a more in-depth tutorial on using the Real Milk Paint Co. paint on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog in a week or two. It’s going to include a giveaway of some of the products I used. However, the giveaway will only be open to those who can pick up the prize in person at their shop in Stillwater, so you locals might want to keep an eye out for that. I apologize non-local readers, first you had to suffer through not being able to go to the barn sale, and now you miss out on a giveaway. I’ll try to make it up to you down the road somehow. But for you locals, if you don’t already follow me on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog, you should pop over there and do so (by clicking here). If you follow by email you’ll get an email every time I post something new. I promise you won’t be inundated with numerous emails since I only post over there 2 or 3 times a month and that way you’ll be sure not to miss the post.
Meanwhile, this lovely dresser is available to the first person that wants to snap it up. For more details, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page (click on it just below my logo at the top of this page).