I haven’t been able to work on many projects creatively this summer – my focus has primarily been custom orders and personal home projects like painting rooms and kitchen cabinets.
I was feeling a little stifled creatively so I sought to remedy that by looking for a piece to paint that I could do as I wished – one that I could play with a little if you will.
No plan, no agenda…just see what I think would look nice and go for it!
I needed a break!
So I saw this ADORABLE little chest for sale on Facebook and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get out of my rut!
Plus she was most certainly an antique as she was well over 100 years old judging by her knapp dovetailing – I loved that about her.
She needed a fresh up for sure!
My first thought was Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, but I hesitated so I knew I wasn’t entirely sold on that plan.
I was certain I wanted to use milk paint and that I was open to allowing it to chip and flake, but I needed to come up with a plan I wanted to commit to.
I had seen some using custom mixes of milk paint on pieces showcased on Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Instagram feed and thought I would try one bespoke mix I had seen used – it is a mix of Layla’s Mint, Shutter Grey, and Eulalie’s Sky.
I had those colors on my shelf and I was good to go.
I didn’t add any Bonding Agent as I typically do as I was hoping for some random chipping.
My dresser turned out oh so lovely!
She didn’t chip a bit though which surprised me, but I loved her all the same!
I painted her, distressed her in all the right spots, and sealed the base of the dresser in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
The top of the dresser was hand sanded and then I added White Wax to achieve a rustic worn look -I adore how it settled into all the grooves and nicks!
I added some fantastic cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware – I actually painted them up as they were black – I wanted a worn, distressed look for them and they were the perfect choice for this project – click HERE to order some for your next project!
I think she look pretty fabulous next to my DIY planked wall that we added in May…click HERE to check that out!
I am so happy with how she turned out – milk paint continues to be my favorite paint!