I didn’t mention it earlier, but the washstand that I painted in Grain Sack a couple of weeks ago was part of an entire bedroom set. There it is in the front.
I purchased this entire set for the bed. I have plans for that bed. You’ll just have to wait for that. But in the meantime, I’ve given the dresser (just behind the washstand in that photo) a makeover.
Here’s a better look at just the dresser ‘before’.
Although it came with a mirror, the two will be parting ways.
I knew I wanted to use milk paint on this one, and I also wanted to use an Iron Orchid Designs transfer. I’ve mentioned before that you have to be a little careful with this combo. If your milk paint is too chippy, it’s hard to get the transfer to stick to the paint rather than the paint sticking to the transfer. So I gave this one an extra good scuff sanding and then cleaned it with TSP substitute to help control the chipping.
I also decided to go with a wood top on this dresser, so I stripped the original finish off the top which was pretty scratched up.
Next I mixed a custom milk paint color, mainly to use up a few partial packets of paint I had on hand. I started by mixing equal parts Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky and Shutter Gray. The resulting color was just a bit too blue for me, so I then added another equal part MMS Grain Sack to both lighten it up and add a little more grey.
I love this color! I’m going to keep track of this color recipe for future use.
After the paint was good and dry, I added the Iron Orchids Design’s Seeds transfer.
I had to ‘cut and paste’ it a bit to fit the dimensions of this dresser, and also to avoid the rectangular drawer pulls. Your hardware probably won’t be in place when you are adding a transfer, so don’t forget to take it into account. In this case I had to move “Autumn Catalogue” up a bit to avoid the pulls. The entire transfer didn’t fit on this dresser, but this is most of it.
I mentioned in my last post about the furniture transfer fail on the Bayberry dresser that Sally at IOD recommends distressing the transfer lightly with fine grit sandpaper to reduce the ‘halo’ effect. I gave that a try with this transfer and it definitely minimizes it. That ‘halo’ is most apparent when looking at it from an angle, so here’s a good angle shot so you can see what I’m talking about …
It’s practically invisible looking at it straight on.
I decided to go a little old school on finishing the wood top. After stripping and sanding, I stained it with Varythane Dark Walnut gel stain and then added a couple coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly in a satin finish. By the way, I used Homestead House Beeswax finish over the milk paint and the furniture transfer.
I focused on the ‘seed catalogue’ garden theme of the transfer when choosing my props for these photos.
I really love how this piece turned out.
What do you think of it?
If you are local and interesting in purchasing this one, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale’ tab for more details.