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Antique Dresser with layers of color and texture

I scored this antique dresser from an estate sale for an elderly German lady. She used it to store linens.
I think it saw allot more use before that duty though ;)

The top drawer for sure had wore a deep groove in the runner rail, I refilled with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry After repairs my first task is a deep clean especially on these old pieces. It was hand scrubbed with warm water, soap and some TSP and hosed till water runs clear then left overnight to dry.

Seeing it had lots of wear I choose a finish that would be in keeping with the age yet work with the years of service. Fusion Mineral Paint in coal black was mixed with their fresco for a textured paint and it was applied by brush in a random pattern all over the drawers and body.

Next layer once dry was Fusion Mineral Paint's little lamb and fresco

and again randomly applied by brush

I wish I knew the code for this dresser stamped on the back
Fusion Mineral Paint lamp white then went all over and left to dry

Milk Painted antique roll top desk

Check out this adorable roll top desk! I loved the solid roll up top which revealed sweet little drawers and a pull out desk surface. I am sure it has seen many years of use and deserved a fresh makeover. I decided it was time to do something for myself and revamp my front entry. I love turquoises and teals so went with a few of my favorite milk colors to complete this project. Milk paint is perfect for antiques as I feel it gives an authentic look and finish in keeping with their age.

Miss Mustard Seed's kitchen scale is a favorite after I did this solid wood kitchen stool so I went with it for the exterior. In true milk paint nature the colors varied as the painting took place but again that is perfect on an old piece. Since I had sanded and scrubbed it well prior to painting, ONE coat was all it needed and it covered and stuck well to almost the entire piece.

A good sanding and couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil and the outside was finished.

Now to work on the inside. I chose Fusion Mineral Paint in coal black for the pull out surface to ground the piece as well as give a durable finish to this flat possible high traffic surface.

For the sweet little drawers I tried a new to me color from Homestead House milk paint line called laurentian, a soft blue. Two coats of it, sanded and sealed with hemp oil and the entire thing was ready to be moved into my entry way. It is gorgeous!! A pretty little one of a kind piece of history that welcomes family and friends and holds loads of treasures right at my front door.

Please note that although this post is Homestead House Paint Co.  sponsored, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been received. The links are for your convenience to learn more about these great products.

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  1. Lovely. The colors you chose are gorgeous and the I adore the way you distressed the piece afterwards. I've been wanting to try milk paint for ages but I can't seem to find any at our shops here in South Africa and International shipping costs have gone through the roof recently. I'll just have to admire all your beautiful projects from afar for now.

  2. I have loved Kitchen Scale from afar for a while now Lee Ann, and it looks just wonderful on this piece deepened with Hemp Oil. I like the use of contrasting colors on the inside as well, great updating job, and thanks for sharing it at Fridays Furniture Fix!


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