I loved this dresser the second I spotted it at a local antique shop I frequent (my SECRET spot).
I have an affinity for empire dressers and this one made my heart beat a little faster!
I scooped it up without a second thought.
I was excited!
The dresser came with a huge and lovely tilt mirror…it was the whole package 😉
I decided to use some of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood on it…I have painted with it before and it is a pretty amazing color.
So rich and beautiful.
I thought it would be perfect in GREEN.
I mixed up my milk paint and was certain to add a generous amount of Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to the mix.
The bonding agent was necessary as someone had previously refinished it and clear coated it with a heavy sealant.
I didn’t want any chipping on this one…he needed to be SMOOTH.
With all my milk painted pieces, I do 5-10 minutes of prep work which involves a light sanding with a medium or heavy grit sanding sponge with the goal of roughing up the wood a bit…intentionally scratching it up.
Sounds so wrong, but the milk paint needs to be able to HOLD ON to the dresser.
Prep work is very important when using milk paint and very easy – don’t be intimidated.
So I hand sanded it a bit while my mixed milk paint was settling.
I painted on three coats of paint – I could have gotten away with two coats, but I likely to be thorough.
I distressed the edges and then soft sanded the whole piece to make it super soft and smooth.
I love that about milk paint!
Then I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil to finish.
I loved the original knobs, but once I removed them from the drawers prior to painting, I realized that one was damaged so I couldn’t use the original knobs after all.
I wanted to keep the look so I added some of my clear cut knobs from my stash courtesy of D. Lawless Hardware.
It looked pretty awesome when I was done and I was pleased with how it turned out.
Isn’t Boxwood STUNNING on this piece?
I adore it…that’s for sure!
This dresser with mirror is available for purchase at Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg, PA if you are searching for a dresser like it.