second landscape dresser reveal

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

It’s finished!  And, would you believe that it’s sold already!  Someone came to pick it up Saturday morning.  Sometimes I like to enjoy my pieces for a while, but I was really glad this one was scooped up right away.  The buyer loved it when it was just a chalked sketch and I love that she trusted my vision enough to ask to buy it before it was even finished.

Anyway, here it is…


Here is how the dresser started…


I honestly loved the wood and initially finished it with Hemp Oil to bring out that pretty grain and patina.  It didn’t sell, though, and I needed something to paint.  I kept eyeballing it and I finally gave in and painted it.  That’s just what happens when things sit around in the studio for too long!


If you’d like to see the dresser each step of the way (including videos and details on the paints I used), here are the links…

part one | painting the base coat

part two | starting the landscape

part three | finishing the landscape (painting the cows)

And here is a video showing the final steps of distressing and finishing…

I kept the white hardware I used when I refinished it the first time.  It wasn’t the original hardware on the piece, but they are antique ceramic knobs that are well suited for the era and scale of the dresser.


I was planning to finish the dresser with Antiquing Wax, but I opted to finish it with a coat of Tough Coat instead.  I liked the colors as they were and didn’t want to mute them.  The distressing knocked the newness down just enough.



The pickings were a little slim when it came to props for styling, since we’re pretty well cleared out, but I’m pleased with what I was able to pull together.  I sort of wish I was able to design an entire room around this little vignette.  That pop of gold, the bold blues balanced with peaceful greens…


The way it all came together was good for my creative soul.

Farm Dresser Collage

I have a feeling that more landscapes are in my future…

second landscape dresser reveal

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