Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

Pitch Black, milk painted sideboard

This gorgeous vintage piece with stunning appliques hit all of my furniture criteria; unique, intricate and striking. One of the heaviest and biggest pieces I’ve ever worked on, but definitely one of the most beautiful.

 

 

I used my go to paint these days, milk paint, in Pitch Black.  Again, the milk paint did all the wonderful things I wanted it to: different shading of black and crackling and scaling. This stuff is fascinating to work with. I swear, when I start talking about my obsession with milk paint, people’s eyes glaze over. I’m nuts about this stuff!

 

 

After I painted and sanded her back to near wood, I focussed on the finishing. I rarely talk about this step, but topcoating is really the most important part of the process. It is also the most frustrating, time consuming, confusing and for most people, the most boring part of furniture refinishing but if you don’t do it, you’re certain to regret it. The first time you put a hot mug or wet glass on the piece, you’ll ruin it. For all you wanting to learn how to do this, don’t focus on the paint, focus on the topcoat.

 

 

I always say I put three layers of topcoat on the surface of the piece and two everywhere else, but that’s really the minimum. I topcoat until it’s near perfection and sometimes that takes 5 or 6  coats. I obsess about it!  I pity the person that will ever have to strip down my work. They’ll be swearing on my grave for sure. 😉

 

 

Once the finish was done it was time to accessorize. Furniture hardware can be so much fun! I have a ton of knobs on hand and I think I tried everyone of them on this piece and none of them were right. In the end I realized that her original hardware was made for her. Whoever planned her out knew what they were doing. Although they were the perfect match in shape and size the brass was too brassy, so I painted and topcoated them too. I love how it all pulled together in the end. She’s a stunner!

 

Beautiful empire dresser in MMS Artissimo

Beautiful empire dresser in MMS Artissimo

Have I told you lately how much I love this style of furniture? This beauty had everything going for her – great looks and amazing craftsmanship she just needed a bit of paint therapy. I’m on a bit of a milk paint bender lately. I really love how the pigment soaks into the wood. It’s fascinating to see up close. It gives different variations in tone and does some pretty unpredictable stuff. I’m amazed every time I use it and I have to say, I’m completely hooked on the stuff. I will admit it’s challenging to use though. Make sure you do your homework beforehand.
 
I chose Miss Mustard Seeds Artissimo for this project. I wanted something more neutral and this shade is perfect for anyone. It looks like a well worn pair of jeans, doesn’t it?
 
Finishing touches were some of my all time favourite flower knobs and some new keyhole inserts. I wanted to demonstrate that even if a dresser has curves, it can still be quite masculine. Change up these knobs and it’s the perfect dresser for a boy (I have the perfect knobs for that too)! 😉
A little chevron paper liner and ta-da! What a gem!