A Dresser to Paint

If given the choice, I will usually choose closed storage over open shelving or baskets.  In our spare room we have to accommodate a queen size bed and an efficient work space.  Projects were starting to accumulate all over the place so I decided we needed a little dresser that looked great but provided hidden storage.

I found this dresser on the local buy and sell.  It was in pretty good shape with dovetailed drawers.  Just what I was looking for.

The hardware was a little worn and one of them was broken.  I will replace it when I find something that I like.  So I needed to fill holes and fix a large chip out of one of the drawers.

Then I gave the piece a quick sanding.  Just enough to rough up the surface a bit.

I used Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Luckett’s Green.  The same paint I used for the candlesticks a few posts back.

The first coat always looks patchy.  Don’t be discouraged.  Keep going!

The second coat can be done as soon as the first is dry.  Usually less than an hour.

One of the hazards of using milk paint is the need to keep stirring it every few minutes.  If you don’t, the pigments will settle and the colour will change.  These two drawer fronts ended up slightly different shades of green. So I mixed the paint and put on another coat and it came out fine.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the piece.  This knocks off any rough spots.  I also sanded a little extra where I wanted the dresser to look worn.

After a quick wipe I put on a finish coat.  I often use Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil but this time I used the Antiquing Wax. 

I smeared it on in patches and wiped it down pretty quickly.  The colour became much richer and the dark wax stayed in crevices bringing out the details. I still haven’t found the knobs I want for it so I won’t share a completed photo until I do. But here is a little taste.

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