Saturday, February 9, 2013

before and after :: gray chest of drawers

One week it's a colorful glossy piece and the next the complete opposite.  Odd, I know, but at the moment, I love both styles.  
You really can't beat pulling out a brush and hand painting.  The feel is completely different than sanding and spraying - it's so much more personal.
And on top of that, being able to custom mix different milk paint colors to fit exactly what you're going for makes it even more so.


The dresser was in great condition when I picked it up, but it needed a little freshening up.

To keep the feel a little more on the modern side, I opted for glossy, navy blue knobs.  
The paint color is a subtle silvery blue and goes well with the navy.



It's up for grabs!  
If your an out-of-towner, my main man, Gus the shipping guy, will deliver it straight to your doorstep. (Est shipping for west coast $165, for east coast $220).
Email me for pricing and dimensions - nattycox@gmail.com.

12 comments:

  1. Very cute, I love to hand paint as well. Never ever used a spray gun :)

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    1. They're super quick - like paint a single coat on an entire dresser in ten minutes quick, but it's definitely not as enjoyable as brushing.

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  2. i am with kathleen- i never spray either! :) i love teh hand painted look, and this is a beauty! the distressing is just perfect, too- not too much, not too little.

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  3. This is beautiful! I love all of your pieces!

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  4. I LOVE this piece and just picked up a beautiful hutch that I was thinking I wanted to paint somewhat like this so perfect timing--with maybe a hint of mint color. Where do you buy your milk paint and do recommend any tutorials? I've watched a couple of Miss Mustard Seed's. Is there really no prep with milk paint? My piece does have a poly over it and I was surprised that I wouldn't have to do anything to it.

    Thanks for any tips!

    steveanddeborah@hotmail.com

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    1. Are you here in Arizona??? I use Old Fashioned Milk Paint and on their website they have a retail location finder.

      There really is no prep unless you want to fill dents or sand imperfections out. I use the bonding agent mixed with it or it reeeally flakes off and you have no control over how or where. Miss Mustard Seed doesn't use it because she likes her paint finishes that way. Either way works, just make sure to pick up the bonding agent to mix in if you don't want it overly distressed.

      The paint really is no fail. Make sure to mix it really well and try to get most of the clumps of powder out, then just slap it on. It doesn't go on smoothly but that doesn't matter. After you sand it down and wax or poly it it will be. I was really surprised with what a smooth, brush stroke free finish you can achieve with this paint. much, much better than latex.

      Good luck!

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  5. Another beauty! I love that piece. The navy glossy knobs are the perfect touch. I have never sprayed a piece either. Would love to learn one day.

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  6. Everything you touch turns to amazing. Love, love, love!!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn!! Have you tried milk paint yet?

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  8. I love how this turned out. The knobs look beautiful on it! Do you have a certain technique for sanding that makes your piece look chippy like that? I just LOVE it!!

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