I am always drawn to child/doll furniture or salesmen’s samples (small, portable versions of full-sized pieces of furniture). There is just something so sweet about them. But, after buying a few of them and noticing how long it took to sell them, I stopped buying them. I can get a better bang for my buck if I spend it elsewhere, so I look at them and “aww” and open the drawers and then walk away.
Most of the time.
I made an exception with this one. It was well priced and I liked the simple shape.
Here is how it looked when I picked it up…
It was fine, but just looked a little drab.
We painted it in Farmhouse White, leaving the knobs wood. That was Kriste’s suggestion and I loved it.
I added a stencil to the front in MMS Milk Paint Linen. I like the soft tone-on-tone pattern.
I then lightly distressed the piece, allowing the areas that chipped to fall away and then I hit the edges of the drawers and the body of the dresser a little harder until I liked the look.
I finished the entire piece, including the knobs, with Hemp Oil. It brought out the richness of the wood knobs and finished off the paint nicely.
I am so smitten with this one.
The stencil I used is one I actually designed! People have been asking me for stencils for years and I’ve shied away from it for some reason. I finally pinned myself down and created some designs. The exciting thing about these stencils is they were created from my actual brush strokes, so they have feathering from the bristles and inconsistencies that will make the stencils look more like hand painting. I’ll share more on them when they are closer to being available for purchase.
I have another full week in the studio and lots of furniture and antiques waiting for my attention…