I found this cute little maple dresser on Craigslist and bought it from a very nice couple who needed the space, and I thought it might be a good candidate for Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint. Of course, I didn’t take a decent before pic of the front of the thing, but you get the idea.
I was pretty excited to see how it would chip as it dried. Milk paint self distresses, but you can’t really predict how it will go. The color I chose was Luckett’s Green, which was a little tricky to apply evenly, because the yellow pigments seemed to settle at the bottom of my cup no matter how long I stirred, how warm my water was, etc. So one side looked bluer, and it went more yellow as I finished the coat. Took me a while to get it evenly uneven.
I’d intended to refinish the top, but after working with it a while, it was clearly going to be more work than it was worth. There were some deep, deep stains and a bad scorch mark, so I painted the top as well in the end.
I also chose to use dark wax on it, to help even the tone out and give it even more character.
It was probably a kid’s desk/dresser, but I’m thinking there aren’t many kids out there who would appreciate this look in their room. So I’m going to market it as a crafting desk for ladies with skinny knees. Think that’ll work?
The knobs are from Hobby Lobby. I can see myself in them!