My stay-cation week off from the day job went by really quickly, isn’t that always the case? And I didn’t get nearly as many projects done as I’d hoped I would. Of course.
But in addition to lots of little things, I did get a couple of bigger pieces of furniture finished including a lovely vintage dresser. You may remember seeing the ‘before’ of this one a while back.
It had that orangey oak-y finish. I have to say, this one had me a little stumped. I kept looking at it out in my workshop and not feeling any inspiration. Finally I decided I wanted to give it a farmhouse look, something old and chippy. I mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Farmhouse White and I started painting. The first coat didn’t cover well at all, but that’s to be expected with white milk paint. The second coat wasn’t much better. Not a good sign. By the third coat, the coverage was still not up to my standards. Plus, I wasn’t getting any chipping at all. Argh!
I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better to just cut my losses, so that’s what I did. I got out the Fusion paint instead. I had a little bit of Limestone (a warm creamy white) left in a jar, so I supplemented it with some Casement (a brighter crisp white) just to be sure I’d have enough. And then one coat did the trick. Now to be fair, I’m sure I would have needed two coats if I didn’t already have a base of white milk paint.
Still … once painted I didn’t have to wax or add a top coat (my favorite thing about the Fusion paint).
After the paint dried, I added this gorgeous French Laundry stencil using acrylic craft paint in a nice greige sort of color. I wanted to keep it subtle.
I think this is one of the prettiest stencils I have, and it added just the little bit of extra something that this dresser needed.
Did you notice the screen hanging above the dresser?
I’ve always been fond of a pop of black in an otherwise mostly white space. I even have a pinterest board devoted to the idea (here). I didn’t intend for the screen to go with this dresser (otherwise I wouldn’t have used them same stencil on both), but I wanted to add that pop of black to my photos of this piece.
I think perhaps this is how this dresser was meant to end up all along, don’t you agree?