I know it’s kind of silly, but I actually purchased this dresser because of its mirror.
I wanted to try an idea I had for the mirror frame and you all saw the results back before Christmas, the farm fresh chalkboard.
That still left the dresser. It’s just a simple little Eastlake style chest of drawers.
I decided to strip the top and give it a rustic waxed finish, and then paint the rest. Originally I was thinking white, but when I started to dig through my paint I remembered that Homestead House had sent me some of their milk paint in a color called Bedford.
I’d used their Fusion paint in the same color and I knew it was a lovely warm ‘greige’ so I decided it might just be perfect for this dresser. Some of my photos wash this color out a bit, but this next one comes closest to representing the color well, although I still think the color a just a bit richer in person.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Grain Sack to pop the carved details down either side of the drawers.
You may not have noticed in the before photo, but this dresser was missing one complete handle and part of another. The amazing thing is that I had two matching handles in my stash of misfit hardware. What were the chances?
I hadn’t waxed the wood top before painting the dresser and once I had the Bedford paint on it I felt like the top had a reddish brown cast to it. I didn’t love the way it was pairing up with the Bedford so I decided to try a tip I’d just read about in Miss Mustard Seed’s ‘lookbook two’. Mixing waxes.
I mixed the Homestead House white and black waxes to create a grey wax. It worked beautifully on the top of this dresser giving the wood a weathered look with a hint of grey.
I love how it turned out, it has a sort of driftwood look.
This ended up being such a pretty, yet neutral, look.
What do you think?
I’m going to go with ‘definite improvement’.
This lovely dresser is for sale. Be sure to check my ‘available for local sale’ tab for more info.