Well folks, it’s Makeover Monday! And I have a good and proper makeover for ya!
Here is the before:
Now, before some of you start to bite my head off for painting this one, I really couldn’t just sand the rest down and stain it. First reason: The person we bought it from had already started to sand it down, and because they didn’t utilize a good stripper, they ended up sanding too much wood in some areas that had veneer (the sides), which caused some chips in it. Which I had to patch. Second reason: In the grooved and recessed areas, some product they used had hardened so if I wanted to stain it, I would HAVE to figure out how to remove it (even though it wasn’t exactly bumpy). Thus I would have spent WAAAAAY too much time trying to strip/sand/stain, and would never really see a return in my investment.
SO. I knew right away I wanted a dark blue, and it seemed like a good time to give Artissimo by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint a try.
MMS’s Milk Paint is really so fun to work with. I’ve tried Eulalie’s Sky, Ironstone, Apron Strings and now Artissimo! I used to be bugged by the unpredictability of it, but now I rather enjoy it! The body of this TALL (5 feet) chest of drawers was already stripped and sanded completely down to natural wood. So it absorbed the paint much like it would a stain. I had to use 3 coats to get the depth of color I wanted. But I also like to keep my milk paint with a watery consistency.
The drawer fronts only took 2 coats of paint and I did NOT use a bonding agent. I wanted them to chip in some areas.
The top I stained using Dark Walnut by Minwax. Then I sealed it with MMS Hemp Oil.
With something this tall, I wanted to keep the decor simple. A few items, heigh balanced, and that my favorite french chair to the side. That blue strip down the front of the chair matches perfectly with Artissimo.
I love the classic lines, style and color of this one.
So, what do you think? Good color choice?