I had an idea for a dresser I've had laying around and decided to go for it. I used
chalk and clay paint in Homeplate and
Milk Paint in Picket Fence.
The American Paint Co was a little thick so I watered it down a bit on my second coat. I really do like this paint! It has great coverage and no smell! Plus it's 100% VOC free so I can feel safe using it indoors with my kids around. Because lord knows they're ALWAYS around! There was a time that my daughter ate some of my ASCP at 6 months old and I freaked out! She was fine, I called poison control and they weren't worried a bit! But I knew then that ASCP was low VOC so I wasn't rushing her to the ER or anything (which I know would have been dramatic)! I have heard from the owner of the shop I sell in
, that they have reformulated the paint so it shouldn't be as thick from now on! YAY! That makes me happy since I can get it when I'm working! Easy Peasy..
This dresser was super easy to paint, I really didn't do any prep on it, just cleaned it and started painting! I painted the whole dresser in Homeplate and got a crazy idea to see what the top would look if I dry brushed over the wood. I loved how it turned out, but wasn't sure if it suited the piece so I decided to leave and see how everything looked when it was finished.
I carefuly painted with a small artists brush around the details of the dresser and removed the hardware to paint later. Once the entire piece and drawers were painted I then went in with another artist brush and painted the hardware and details in Ironstone. While doing this I learned that milk paint will not chip over chalk paint but it allows for some really fun layered looks that I'm going to try and I'll share later!
To be honest my husband couldn't figure out what in the world I was thinking, but I stuck to my guns and waited.. I waxed and distressed the entire thing to my liking including the top... THEN I decided I hated the top! It was more of a beachy look and this isn't a beachy piece. So I got out my General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel stain and applied that. I know.. I should have sanded the top, but I didn't I was impatient and wanted to LOVE this immediately! I figured I'd at least know if this would do the trick and hey, I have to sand it anyways right?
The gel stain looked great... I mean, I could see that it WOULD look great after I sanded it and did the whole top in a beautiful stained wood. That particular plan didn't happen though. I woke up the next day and started sanding it down with the intentions to reapply the GF gel stain.
Well, my family had other plans, the boys were arguing and I'd been working for the past two days solid so I decided to put my work aside and spend some quality time with my kids! For the older boys, that means playing the Xbox of course, which admittedly I also enjoy, I mean who doesn't like blowing up bad guys?! We watched a fun movie, and then Toni came home so I figured I'd go back to work.
Toni actually said he liked the way the top looked, the dry brushed white had come through the stain and I guess it looked pretty neat. So I left it, took it to the shop while it was closed and it sold the very next day!
WOW! I was so surprised! Maybe I'll do this technique (if you can call it that) again and see how it goes?? I don't have a great picture of the top since I never really liked it much, I wish I did now! But the Ironstone and Homeplate dresser is now happily home in San Francisco.