Remember this nasty dresser I showed you a few weeks back?
I transformed it into this:
I decided it needed to be stripped before it could be re-painted. The paint was just too chippy and too far gone. Yeah, I can’t believe it either….there is such a thing as too chippy! It was also filthy and just wouldn’t clean up. I love the junky look, but ewww!
If anyone tells you that stripping is easy…they’re a liar. Unless they’re talking about a different kind of stripping. Furniture stripping is the only kind of stripping I know and it’s no bueno!
I could not get one of the handles to come off because this weirdness was happening inside the drawer. I can’t even guess what they were thinking, but I could not get this handle off, so I had to strip the handles in place.
It’s a glorious mess. When you combine how messy this process is with the fact that I was on the back deck and slightly in front of the back door, which we use to go in and out of the house regularly, I’m surprised my saintly husband doesn’t just lose it sometimes!
I took a very stiff brush to these handles and the grooves on the dresser to get all of the paint and stripper goo out.
Oh my gosh, after two days, is it really time to start painting? My back was aching like King Kong had slammed his fist near my tailbone, but by God, I was gonna get this project done!!
I had some MMS milk paint in Shutter Gray left from the distributor kit that I got last year. If you have been reading a while, you may remember that I had been approved to be a distributor for MMS’s paint line. I was pretty jazzed about the whole deal! Unfortunately, the production date kept getting pushed later and later from Summer into Fall and since I didn’t have a store front at that time and only did shows in the Summer, I felt that I couldn’t afford to have $1500 worth of merchandise sitting around all Winter, so I had to back out of the deal. Bummer. Anyway, I’ve been dying to try this paint again and this was the perfect piece.
I was a little startled that the shutter gray has more of a blue hue to it than gray, but I knew it would still work in the space I had planned for this piece. I seriously think this is my new favorite color!!
This application went on much thicker and smoother than my first attempt. It only required one coat!
You’re probably noticing the bubbling in the paint. Since you have to mix the paint, this is something that would naturally occur in the nooks and crannies. All I had to do was “pop” them after the piece dried. You could probably wait until the bubbles subsided before beginning to paint. I’m too impatient for that!
My favorite part of this paint is the wonderful random peeling that occurs. It leaves your pieces with such a natural aged look. Remember crackle medium from back in the day? Yeah, never, ever used it. I hated the way it gave you an all-over, too-even crackled finish. It was way too obviously FAKE! This is so natural looking you can’t even tell it’s not the original paint!!
I got even more peeling goodness when I took a wet rag to the piece to remove some sanding dust. Score!
I still have to figure out what to do with the top. It originally had a marble top, but it was broken and the former owner only had a small chunk of it. Originally, I was thinking of going to the granite shop and seeing if I could get a scrap cut for the top, but now I’m thinking maybe I’ll just use some old pallet wood. Stay tuned…
Overall I’m thrilled with how it came out and I sincerely can’t wait to use this paint again! I may even consider selling her paint now that I have a store front. If they’ll have me, that is.
My final analysis on MMS’s milk paint? Diggin’ it!!
I’ve made some changes to this bedroom since I did my “big” reveal. Hopefully, I’ll get some time to show them to you next week.
I’m off to Junk Fest in Gallatin Gateway for the weekend!
Bye from the bungalow,