I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille!
Here’s the before -
This maple dresser was a gift from a friend, who was actually the first grade teacher of both of my kids AND the person I can thank for my job at the church where I am secretary. All that and a dresser too! Thanks, Sharon.
I had it in my workroom for quite a while, trying to decide what to do with it. It’s a relatively new dresser – real wood, but the finish was very thick and shiny, so there was going to have to be a little prep involved. I cleaned it well with a deglosser and painted it with MMS Shutter Gray milk paint with the bonding primer added. My first time with the primer, and it really did the trick! I went over the fan detail with MMS Linen, which is a lovely soft white.
And now for the finish. I wanted to play up the deco design and do something a bit more dramatic.
This finish is from a line called “Stain It!” which is made in Charlotte and sold in Rock Hill by Pia Crook of Really Cool Stuff. I went to her shop to pick up some MMS milk paint, and she gave me some of this to try – she’s sweet like that.
I applied the Stain It with a brush and it went on smoothly, and dried very, very fast. Couldn’t stop for pictures during the process! I like the variations in the finish. It’s a bit on the dramatic side, but I think it’s gorgeous.
According to Pia, Stain It comes in different colors – I paired Zinc with the Shutter Gray here. There’s also Copper, Champagne, and Mahogany, and a variety of other colors that you can use with or without a glazing medium. It’s water-based and has some protectant built in, and plenty of luster, but I applied some Annie Sloan wax for extra insurance.
The knobs and pulls are from Home Depot and I’m in love with them too.
So, what style would you call it? I’m thinking it would be ideal for someone who is elegant-industrial. Are there any elegant-industrial folks out there? In the Charlotte area, maybe in the NoDa arts district? Maybe I should send it to Florence of Florence + the Machine?