You guys, it’s hotter than a “peppa” patch in Florida! I try to start painting in the early morning hours but sometimes it takes longer than I expect and I wind up having to compete with the summer heat. That’s what happened when I started working on this Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint dresser makeover. It was a scorcher. I was seriously worried the paint would dry before it even got on the dresser.
You may remember the companion piece to this dresser I picked up at one of my secret shopping places I call The Warehouse. I refinished it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using the color Old Ochre and stained the top with Rust-oleum’s American Walnut.
Since my most popular selling pieces are painted in shades of white, I knew I needed to do something similar without having it match the companion piece completely. So, I started by sanding down the entire top. It had a ton of scratches and water ring marks. I used an orbital sander and 80 grit sand paper.
It takes a bit of work but the result is always worth it.
After sanding down the top, I chose Rust-oleum Stain in Dark Walnut. It’s a rich dark color that looks like an espresso.
While the stain on top was drying, I started painting the body of the dresser in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone. I used two coats of paint. After the paint was dry and lightly sanded, I used dark wax to help bring out the details followed by a coat of clear wax on the entire piece. Don’t you love the patina on that original hardware?
The dark contrast from the stain combined with the light paint gave it just the look I wanted.
It was hot but it was totally worth it.