Wow! It's been a while since I've blogged! A LOT had gone on! I had a very successful Pop Up at Pottery Barn and have another in about a couple weeks. Our rebrand is completely done, and I'm SUPER excited with our new look, it's perfectly perfect and totally my style! If you want to see more of our Pottery Barn Pop Up and our New Brand look, hop on over to my Insta or FB @oldbarnmilkpaint.
I woke up a couple Sundays ago to a text from a friend inviting me to go to Alameda Antiques Faire. I've never been and was super excited to see what all the glory was about this place. It was a slow Sunday there, but my friend and I found some AMAZING finds!!! I scored three dressers and this is a the first of them that I am working on.
She was pretty rough as you can tell, but I had such a wonderful vision for her from the moment I saw her. I mean seriously I almost ran to her before anyone else could! LOL I had painted a dresser like this with an attached mirror one of the first times I used Milk Paint, so it's kind of sentimental to me!
First things first I had to remove those knobs and fill the holes. I didn't sand this one down expect where we filled the holes and repaired damage, but I did thoroughly clean it with TSP like I do all my projects!
I applied my first coat of Milk Paint and immediately saw everyones worst night mare... Bleed Through!! I painted the whole piece deciding that I would use the yellowed Ochre color as a base coat. I sealed the first coat to prevent further bleed through and applied a second coat. I used Wedgewood on this piece because it's one of my favorite colors and I haven't used it much to date.
I had Toni sand the top down for me to remove some of the water damage etc that was there. I did not want the top super smooth like we usually go because this piece definitely wanted to be more natural. So no stains for this one! Instead I used our Hemp Oil Blend to moisturize and water proof the top. OBMP Hemp Oil Blend is food grade, organic, and plant based. It penetrates into the wood creating a completely water proof finish! I love it for wood tops. I applied 2 coats of the Hemp Oil and waited overnight. The wood was still very orange with wasn't appealing to me in the least so I applied OBMP Dark Beeswax to deepen the wood. I ended up doing two thin coats and it really changed things up! LOVE IT!!!
One I got the second coat of Wedgewood on I pulled out my heat gun to encourage more chipping/crazing. I wanted that first coat that yellowed to come through. It ended up being this really pretty Ochre colour! You know me, I never want to waste anything, now that also goes for yellowed paint from bleed through! Shhhhh don't tell.
At this point it was looking very bland. Even with the layered chipping and distressing... I decided to add a bit of dark wax to the lower legs and body of the dresser. I then applied our Oil + Wax and brushed it with our Aging Dust over the entire piece. I didn't take any photos though! I definitely will next time. That's Winston in the picture, he thinks he should be in every photo, it almost seems like once he hears the camera come out he dives into the shot. This time I let him stay, how could I resist those cute puppy eyes???
I am very happy with how this turned out. Exactly as I envisioned it! Look how much of a difference great pulls and knobs look too!! I had these pulls laying around for a few months, there are actually quite a few more of them in my workshop! The knobs I had to go find, they're little lion heads and match perfectly with the pulls! I really like this piece and kind of want to keep it. I think it would be perfect for Viktor's room! Which is just what I had envisioned, a little boys dresser with a bit of elegance! Hmmmm does that make sense? Rustic elegance? Probably not, maybe there's a term for this style, but I don't know it, it's just what I ended up with in my crazy head! I hope you love it and enjoyed this blog!