Remember the theme song for the Brady Bunch? Please tell me there are some of you that are “of that age”. Not sure what this DIY blogger and The Brady Bunch have in common, but this song kept ringing in my head, so I had to go with it.
Please accept my apologies in advance for the “level of cheesiness” that this song rises to.
Here’s a story
Of a DIY Blogger
Who was busy painting
Dressers all the time
Here’s a story
Of my good friend Wendy
A Blogger and Shop owner
Doing makeovers on a dime
Till the one day when THIS Blogger saw two dressers
And she knew she could turn one into a jewel
The other, was in the hands of Wendy
That’s the way this became the dresser duel
The Dresser Duel
The Dresser Duel
That’s the way this became the Dresser Duel.
Here is the dresser before. It has that old yellowish honey like stain (that I totally believe should be banned from all Hardware/Paint Stores.)
The drawers had been lined with this floral paper that was a little difficult to get off of the wood. I was more concerned with the outside than the inside. I’m still not sure that I’ll be selling this piece, so for now the paper bits will remain.
Here’s the top, see what I mean by the honey colored stain? Can we all agree not to use that stuff anymore? Unless you love it, then keep using it and ignore all the awful things I say about it.
As you can tell, I only paint in my custom designed workshop. Otherwise known as my dining room. I love being out in the open where all the light is. There’s no way I’m carrying this dresser downstairs to the “furnace room” so that I don’t get dust/paint everywhere. I clean as I go and no one has to know that I use my dining room (including the table sometimes) as my workshop
I sanded the top of the dresser and then made my own stain by combining a couple of colors. It was kind of an experiment so I’m really happy with how it turned out. (If Wendy is reading this, she’s shaking her head wondering why I don’t use Curio as a stain). I know, I know! I just haven’t gotten around to getting any yet but I am going to try it.
And…tada! Here is the dresser all styled up for it’s photo shoot and debut! I really played around with different looks until this one felt just right. I am always so inspired by other bloggers and this photo is no exception. There is a picture of a Bergere dresser on the Miss Mustard Seed page that inspired this dresser, here is my inspiration.
Don’t you love those demi-spindles? Are they actually called that? I don’t know but it sounds right and sophisticated so I’m going with it.
It’s hard to tell but the drawers are painted a lighter tone than the dresser. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Bergere and Grain Sack, using a half and half ratio. I wanted the drawers to pop a bit so I painted them a 3 parts Grain Sack to 1 part Bergere. I finished the whole thing in a coat of Hemp Oil and it was done.
See those cute handles? I picked those up at at Wendy’s Shop. Aren’t they the cutest?
This dresser was a one day makeover. The general rule for Milk Paint is to wait 24 hours before using Hemp Oil but I tend to get really impatient and add the hemp before that. That’s just how I roll.
So now, aren’t you curious to see Wendy’s dresser all transformed? click here to see what Wendy and her magic paint brush have done to that dark brown dresser.
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