Have you heard of Millennial Pink? Did you know it was a ‘thing’?
As is typical for me, I am only just discovering this trend while the cool kids are already saying it has to go.
Seriously, I am never on top of these things.
But before we get to the Millennial Pink, I first have to admit with some embarrassment how I learned about it. You see, I have a secret guilty pleasure. I watch the Trackers on YouTube. I can hear many of you now asking, ‘um, who?’
Tim & Jenn Tracker are YouTube vloggers. They live in Orlando, Florida and they mostly vlog about the various theme parks in that area including Disney World. I came across them while looking for Disney info prior to our trip down there last October. I started watching a few of their vlog posts and bam! I was hooked.
I really can’t explain why. Of course, I enjoy watching their excursions into the parks. And I love that they share insider tips as well as honest reviews of everything from the food to the rides. They share the real thing, not doctored up versions designed to look good on camera. But I have to confess that I also sometimes watch their vlogs about shopping at Target, or cutting up left over pizza, adding it to eggs and frying it up in a pan to make ‘pizza eggs’.
They are just so darn adorable! Somehow I now feel like I know them and am invested in their lives. So I’ll admit it, I’m a vlog lurker, and apparently so are about 364,000+ subscribers to their YouTube channel.
And this brings us back to Millennial Pink. Lately Tim & Jenn (see? it’s as though we are on a first name basis) have been frequently mentioning Disney goods that are available in Millennial Pink, especial the Mickey ears.
So the last time this came up, I turned to Mr. Q – because, oh yes, he sometimes indulges in this guilty pleasure with me, even though he’d rather poke his eye out with a sharp stick than go to Disney World – and said “what is this Millennial Pink they keep talking about? Is it just a Disney thing?” So he googled it for me and said, “I guess it’s just a color thing, and it applies to home décor too.”
Well, probably everyone but me … and Mr. Q.
Obviously the next step was to paint something in Millennial Pink so I could be one of the cool kids, so I started keeping an eye out for just the right piece.
And then I found it …
a beat up mid-century piece that I thought would look amazing in Millennial Pink.
Luckily I already had a jar of Fusion’s English Rose on hand. I hope they don’t mind that I took the liberty of renaming it just for this post.
Before I started painting though, my handyman Ken and I shored up the base of the dresser because it was a little wobbly. Ken is one of those people who like to do things the right way. So we removed the base, re-glued and clamped the cross piece, and then once that was good and sturdy we re-glued the base back onto the dresser. Now it’s rock solid.
Once again, the top of this mid-mod piece was plastic laminate so I painted that with a coat of Fusion’s Ultra Grip and let it dry overnight before moving on to the rest of the painting.
It took three coats of the English Rose to get good coverage on this one. I’d already used about 1/4 of my jar of paint on something else, so it took every last bit of paint I had left to complete the job.
I used Prima Marketing Metallique wax in Vintage Gold to add a little glam to the original drawer pulls.
If you haven’t tried this stuff you should. I use a q-tip to apply it, wait overnight for it to dry and then buff with a clean cloth. Easy peasy, and it looks amazing. It’s also super affordable (it’s available online for about $6).
It comes in a tiny little tin, but a little goes a very long way. I’ve barely made a dent in mine and I’ve used it on countless knobs. I much prefer the packaging of this version over others like Rub ‘n Buff. The tin it comes in has a screw on lid that is easy to open and close tightly, so your wax doesn’t dry out. I had nothing but trouble with those little tubes that the Rub ‘n Buff comes in.
I pulled out some vintage mid-century wallpaper, some aqua and cream pottery and my cream colored Remington Ten Forty for staging.
Isn’t this dresser much prettier in pink?
Let’s talk for a moment about the (pink) elephant in the room. You may have noticed that I seem to be doing more mid-century pieces these days. That’s because I’m finding that mid-century is selling really well for me while many of my more farmhouse style pieces are taking a bit longer to find the right buyer.
I feel like I’m walking a bit of a thin line between producing pieces that will sell and producing pieces that my blog readers want to see. I hope that most of you enjoy seeing the mid-century makeovers even if it isn’t quite your thing. There are going to be more of them to come, I brought home two more mid-mod pieces last weekend. But don’t worry, I’ll still mix it up with some of the chippy, farmhouse style pieces that I love. And hopefully they’ll start selling a little better now that the weather has improved here in Minnesota. I did sell both the spring fling dresser and the indigo desk this past weekend, so I think that’s a good sign.
That being said, what do you think of Millennial Pink?
This dresser is available for sale, so if any of you locals are interested check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.