A blog post! At last! I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time but the painting of all the things gets me a *little* carried away!
I’ve been having some fun this winter and spring challenging myself with colour, texture and more makeovers than I’ve ever done before. The creativity bug is strong within me these days and I’m on the lookout for quality pieces that need some love and a new life.
I was so lucky to have found this completely intact dresser in the winter. Rarely do I find a dresser that has 1. The original mirror on the harp, 2. The original pulls all intact, 3. The original casters still in great condition and 4. All of the drawers clean and in no need of repair. This was the lucky one! Obviously well cared for over the past 100 years….yes, the back of the mirror tells the tale and this one was stamped from 1917.
Here’s a little tip I’ve learned: those turn of the century folks were sneaky and creative! This “fumed oak” look is so common on this era of furniture. Some call it Tiger Oak….I call it FAUX FINISHING! Yep- it’s not how that wood looks. But in those days, oak was desirable and would fetch a higher price than plain old walnut. Well folks, I happen to love walnut! I love how hard and durable it is. I love how the grain patterns are so random and simple. It is a dream to refinish.
Disclaimer: I am happy to have partnered with Country Chic Paint for this makeover. They sent me the MOST amazing box of goodies and their packaging is to die for. How can you not be happy painting out of these perfectly adorable little pots?
I chose 3 colours that are completely out of my usual wheelhouse. This was either going to be a complete bust or a happy surprise!
The first colour I chose is called Midnight Sky. It’s always hard to know how a colour will finish based on photos online. I perused the web for as many examples as I could and finally decided this was a good blue. Dark but not navy. Bold but not bright. Rich but not over the top. I was right. Or actually, Country Chic is right; this is a GREAT blue.
At first I thought this dresser should be a lighter colour for spring. I had stripped and sanded down that faux finish and lightly stained it(walnut is so hard it doesn’t always take stain well) and then I oiled it with Hemp Oil. I’m SO SO SO happy that Country Chic is carrying hemp oil! Did I mention they are a Canadian company? I love that I can source their product locally and online without paying crazy exchange rates. But I digress…
Hemp oil is all natural and when applied to old wood it completely revives it. I use it on everything! I also love it on antique dresser tops as it leaves a super soft finish that is easy to care for.
Now the moment of truth….Midnight Sky onto this dresser. I was using the All In One Decor Paint. This is Country Chic’s version of chalk paint that is easy to distress…oh so easy! Amazing coverage and just the easiest paint I’ve ever used for distressing. It leaves a supple smooth finish and actually, I didn’t want a lot of distressing on this piece so I was just sanding to smooth out the texture. I was absolutely amazed at the finish.
I did top coat with Tough Coat on the drawer fronts but the entire piece was then waxed with Natural Wax and then a bit of Antiquing Wax. All of these products are on Country Chic’s website.
But after I did the drawer fronts, I decided to add a little something. I used Country Chic’s Texture Powder mixed in with the Midnight Sky blue paint. I made it the thickness of icing and then carefully spread it onto my stencil that was taped in place. I did it extra thick. Perhaps layers would be better. I let it dry 24 hours before touching it. I then gently sanded down the top and waxed. I love this little decorative applique! It was so easy and it looks like it’s always been there. On the website they suggest using a contrasting colour mixed in with the Texture Powder but for this piece I really wanted it to be subtle and match the fact that the top part of the mirror(that decorative carved wood piece) is also painted Midnight Sky. I feel a lighter colour may have cheapened the overall look I was going for. I really always let a piece “tell me” what colour it wants to be. I don’t force decorative features just because they are trendy or cool It really has to work for the piece of furniture. This dresser has plain, flat drawer fronts and therefore it could handle an extra boost. I wouldn’t do this on a dresser that had trim or other carvings on the drawers.
The final product is amazing. I’m so happy I stuck with bold blue. It can work in any season!
It’s going home with my dear friend this weekend to her new 100 year old character home in the country! I’m so thrilled with how well it turned out. The durability of this paint and the finishes has me hooked. I’ve already purchased more paint and I have more reveals to share with you soon!
Now….let’s just take a look at how versatile Midnight Sky is for any colour palette!
Thank you Country Chic Paint for being Canadian, affordable, good quality and for allowing me the privilege to try all of these fantastic products!