I jumped at this dresser when I saw it posted for sale!
Being quick to message about a piece for sale is so important as there is so much COMPETITION out there for nice pieces….where I live, so many people paint and honestly it makes what I do much harder.
I’m glad people are creative and learning a skill and appreciating antique pieces, but it affects my ability to acquire pieces at a reasonable price to refinish and sell.
Plus with so many painters, the market is saturated…this affects selling, pricing and so on.
It’s just not fun to be honest.
But this is a piece I managed to score – I was so happy because it was just my style…it had lots of
character and it was old.
I love working on pieces that are solid wood, beat up beauties.
I didn’t picture the mirror this piece came with but it was as large as the dresser and had tons of amazing carved wood details that I loved.
And check out those Eastlake style pulls…they are simply fabulous!
I knew from the start I wanted to use milk paint…preferably in black.
I’m fairly low on my milk paint supplies so I decided to paint this old gal up with some left over Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter without the Bonding Agent.
It was a little risky as you never know what may be on the finish of a piece that is so old and if it will resist the milk paint and create chipping.
I didn’t mind on this piece though as I thought chippy paint would look perfect on her.
Well…let me tell you…we definitely got chippy!
The base of the dresser turned out a little chippy, but the mirror was a major chip fest.
In fact, so much of the paint came off when I soft sanded it, I kinda panicked thinking I would have to repaint it.
After some consideration, I decided just to let it do what it wanted to do and go with it. figured if any piece could pull manor chippiness off, this was it.
Plus, once I sealed it up in Hemp Oil (I chose this sealer as the chipping was contained and no longer chipped after I sanded it – if it is still flaking and chipping I recommend using Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat) and put the mirror back on, it was beautiful!
Perfection in her imperfection and I was in love.
THIS is why I adore milk paint.
How beautiful is this dresser?
She certainly went from flab to FAB!