At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.
– Edgar Allen Poe
OK, wrong month. If only that quote said ‘in the month of October’, but that doesn’t quite rhyme, does it? Nothing really rhymes with October, which was rather unfortunate for Edgar since October is the spookiest month of the year.
Well ‘midnight’ works with this dresser because I painted it in Homestead House milk paint in Midnight Blue, so I’m sticking with that quote.
Before I did any painting though, I sent this one over to Ken’s workshop where a simple repair job became a tad more complicated. I thought I just needed a few drawer stops replaced, but as it turned out Ken had to replace a couple of the drawer glides as well.
Once the dresser came back from Ken’s workshop I stripped the top. After sanding it smooth, I once again waxed with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax. Gorgeous!
Next I painted the rest of the dresser with the Midnight Blue.
I probably could have gotten away with one coat (dark color over dark wood), but I went with two since I had the paint already mixed up and I wanted that deep, rich color. I also used Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil as my top coat to get the darkest shade possible of this color.
Today’s Qtip: hemp oil will darken up your colors more than wax or other top coats. For this reason I love using it when I want a deep, rich color like this Midnight Blue. I also prefer using hemp oil over black milk paint. However, hemp oil does not provide quite as much protection as wax or poly.
I had a couple of people mention how much they liked the drawer pulls that came with this piece, but I didn’t put them back on. I didn’t like the way the pulls on the top drawer hung down below the bottom of the drawer itself. It makes me wonder if they were even original to the dresser. I’ll save that set to use another time. I added these glass knobs from Hobby Lobby instead.
The top drawer of the dresser was pretty grungy. I think it stored greasy tools at some point in its life. So I lined it with some pretty fabric. I purchased this fabric at a garage sale a couple of years ago and I’ve used it to line quite a few drawers. But I’m starting to run low, so only had enough for the top drawer which was really the only drawer that needed it.
The drawers in this dresser are really quite shallow. I can’t imagine it being very practical for holding clothing. But I think it would make a fantastic bedside table. It would also be perfect for use in a home office with your printer on top and the drawers filled with office supplies. I can also imagine someone using it to hold a TV, you could fill those drawers with DVD’s.
If you are local and you happen to need a dresser like this, be sure to check my ‘available for local’ sale page for more info.