I wanted to share this wonderful dresser that Dawn painted here at the shop.
This is the before shot of the dresser. Someone started to strip the dresser, so the top and the first drawer were stripped and the dark stain was removed.
Dawn wanted to be able to distress the dresser and have the dark brown show through on the edges. Obviously this was not possible in the areas that had been stripped of the dark brown stain, but there was a simple solution! Dawn painted the entire dresser using Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Curio (which is a very dark brown) to make it look like it was stained dark. Bonding agent was added to the curio paint to ensure the paint adhered well. I took a photo of this stage but apparently I have misplaced it. Silly me.
In the photo below you can see how wonderful the curio paint looks on the top of the dresser. It looks just like dark stain!
After Dawn painted the entire dresser with curio milk paint, she used Miss Mustard Seed's wax puck to make distressing much easier. Dawn rubbed on the wax in the areas where the paint would naturally wear off and then painted right over top of the wax. The wax acts as a repellent and the paint will not adhere to the areas where it is applied. The dresser was then painted using Miss Mustard Seed's trophy and ironstone milk paint.
Once the paint was dry, Dawn lighted sanded over the areas where the wax had been applied, revealing the curio paint underneath.
Dawn then mixed together Miss Mustard Seed's antiquing wax and Miss Mustard Seed's white wax until she had a grey colour that she was pleased with. She applied the grey wax to some areas of the dresser. Once that was dry, Dawn waxed the entire dresser using Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax.
Side note: Dawn had leftover wax from her custom mixture. She put the wax in a sealed container and can use it for another project. No waste! Sweet!
Another side note: This dresser is for sale at My Painted Furniture.
I have one more really cool project to share with you - painted vintage licence plates! Really? Who thinks up stuff like this? One of my customers, Wendy Aaltomaa (from Kaministiqua), does! Aren't these amazing? Wendy painted them up using Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Ironstone.
I really, really need to score some old licence plates! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea Wendy!