There’s a woman out of Montreal that restyles furniture so beautifully. Her business name is “Orphans with Makeup”. What a great name, right? When I saw this dresser for the first time, I thought this is an orphan in need of little makeup and a lot of loving. I’m a sucker for that kind of furniture. I feel like if I don’t do something they’re doomed. Yes, I’m that crazy!
I sometimes forget to take before shots before I start working on them. This is one of those times. Sorry! I only remembered once I had applied the applique and the drawers were sanded, but you get the picture. She had great bones but was looking a little tired. This one got the royal treatment with an all over makeover.
She was sanded, washed and primed and I also applied Danish Oil on the inside and outside of all her drawers. I then painted her with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard. Can I say how much I love this stuff! It gives such a different look and the pigment is unlike anything else I’ve ever used. It crackled and chipped and distressed in all of the right places. Really fun stuff! After that, I sealed her with General Finishes topcoat. Another favourite.
I’m pretty thrilled with how she turned out. Delicate white ceramic knobs and charming drawer liners just put her over top! Can you see how her top slightly curls up on the front left side. I think it’s the beginning of a smile. What do you think?
When people say “they don’t make things like they used to” I imagine they have something like this beauty in mind. This stunning, solid walnut bureau with its bottom wood molding and slightly recessed top was the most unique chest I had ever worked on. Despite her old exterior I could see the beauty she would become. Here is her before.
I knew exactly the look I wanted for her: milk paint. And not the easy to use milk paint, but the hardcore Original Milk Paint, in Pitch Black. I had read so much about how people loved or hated milk paint, I had no idea what to expect. I crossed my fingers, said a prayer and started painting. In the end, I had nothing to worry about. It was easy to use and I loved the translucency that allowed the wood underneath to show through. It was exactly what I’d been looking for!
Of course, the carnation bone knobs, are superb. I have these ones on my own sideboard. I just love them!
In the end, I can’t think of a single room that this piece wouldn’t look stunning in. My husband wants all of our furniture painted in this colour, and I have to say that I’m tempted, but then again, there are so many other colours I haven’t used yet. 😉 Stay tuned!