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Rae Dunn Inspired Bread Box

If you haven't heard of Rae Dunn you may not be a farmhouse style fan. This uber popular line of kitchen decor is so simple yet so classic. Bright white with crisp black narrow font gives a universal appeal to almost any style kitchen. Follow me as I take a solid wood bread box and give it a "Rae Dunn" inspired makeover.

These solid wood bread boxes can be found everywhere but they are just so boring and generic. The simple smooth styling however is perfect for the inspired makeover I have in mind.

I first taped off the inside edges wanting to leave the interior the natural wood finish.

I am excited to try my new 2" angled Fusion paint brush as well on this project.

Using Fusion Mineral Paint in picket fence, a crisp white, I applied 3 coats. White is notorious for requiring more coats for an opaque coverage. After each coat I lightly sanded to keep a soft smooth surface.

Now for the Rae Dunn inspired part, being a reduce reuse recycle person I cannot personally use th…

Custom Painted Antique Dresser in Black & White



One of my great customers has a young daughter who loves design, decor and painting and she is just 13. Back when she was 12 she with her Grandpa's guidance stripped and sanded down this antique dresser which belonged to her mom;s Grandma. She saw my recent antique dresser in black and white and asked her mom to have me do the same to her project. When it arrived I was amazed at the excellent job she did stripping and sanding the piece to the gorgeous raw wood. Well done miss J.


To start, I put Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one in ebony on the top; eventually putting 5 coats on, letting each one dry 12 hours or overnight and lightly sanding between coats. Thin even coats dry better but I went with 5 on this to help hide an old stain that could not be scrubbed or sanded off the top.


This bare wood was the perfect recipient for milk paint. Milk paint adheres to raw wood so well and when sanded it is smooth as butter. I chose Miss Mustard Seed's new color called farmhouse white for the base. I went with 3 coats of this pretty white using my new Cling On shorty brush. They dried quite quickly with a quick sponge sand before putting on the next coat.



Once the last coat was dry, I sponge sanded all the milk paint with more natural distressing on the edges.

This young girl also wanted a stencil on the door so that was my next step. I chose Fusion Mineral Paint's Ash, a dark grey for the paint color. I think it turned out perfect for the piece. Once it was good and dry a lightly distressed it to in keeping with the antique look.



Now for the work out portion, waxing. As hard and time consuming waxing is, I feel it is the perfect look over milk paint on these antique pieces. It has a soft sheen and vintage look and well worth the work. I was all out of Fusion wax so used Daddy Vans clear lavender scented wax. It has such a pretty scent to enjoy while working. Once the wax set up I buffed it ready for new hardware.

For the hardware, I was excited they agreed to go with sparkly depression glass knobs I had from a 1920's dresser. They just add that extra little bit, like a statement necklace on a little black dress ;)




The aged center stems were lightly sanded to remove rust then spray painted a matte black.


The last step was to add Homestead House black wax to age and add dimension.















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Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Daddy Vans  to help you find the items I used easily. There is no monetary compensation to me , they are just added for your convenience ;)
  
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