Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Dresser Makeover

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. 082714-1

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.

082714-4 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? 082714-5

The dark contrast from the stain combined with the light paint gave it just the look I wanted.

082714-6 We’ve been collecting items for my childhood home, Loblolly Manor, all summer.  I think these botanical prints may make the cut. 082714-7

It was hot but it was totally worth it.

082714-8 Many blessings, CoCo

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  1. Hey CoCo…I love this beautiful piece of furniture? And it’s beautiful because you transformed it with your wonderful painting skills. I love the color and antiquing!

    BTW – very curious of how “Loblolly Manor” came about.

    Happy painting…and cooler temps 🙂

    1. I really appreciate all your compliments Vicki, thank you! Loblolly Manor is named for many Loblolly trees in the yard 🙂

  2. GORGEOUS!! Don’t you love it when something turns out beautifully? Totally worth the work. I’m inspired ~~~ Bwg

    1. Thank you for your sweet words Bobbi!

  3. Oh my! I want that piece! It’s beautiful and you did a great job. I’d love to know more about Loblolly Manor too. Sounds charming 🙂

    1. That’s so sweet of you to say, thank you Angie! I’ve only done one other piece of furniture in Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint and this one is by far the largest. I’m really enjoying using her paints.

  4. Coco, WOW you are so talented. I want to learn to paint furniture like that. It looks amazing!!! What a beautiful new piece. Have a great day, Lisa

    1. You’re so kind Lisa, thank you! I’ve just started dabbling with the Miss Mustard Seed Paint and so far I love it!

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