While at Junk Bonanza, we decided it would be fun to shop for a piece, paint and finish it in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products, and then offer it up as a giveaway.  We did it last year and it went so well that it was worth an encore.  So, Wednesday evening, after our booth was set up, I wandered around looking for a good candidate to paint.  I found a few pieces that were nice and within my $150 budget, but I decided to keep looking.

And I was glad I waited when I spotted this gorgeous late 1800’s dresser with unique hardware and trim for $125…

I bought it from The Tinker’s Ware. There were actually several pieces in that booth that were good candidates to paint, but this one was the one and my heart was set on it.  We settled up and moved it upstairs to our space the next morning.

Check out the sides of this piece.  Isn’t the detail amazing?

The wood wasn’t in bad shape, but I felt like paint would bring out those details even better.  And I was there to demo paint!

We collected giveaway entries throughout Thursday and drew a name at the end of the day.  The winner was actually our first entry!  She was a teenager named Hannah who raced with her mother to our booth, so they could buy the postal sorter and hardware cabinet.  They each put in an entry before even seeing the dresser that was the prize.

Now, I have to take a minute to say that the drawing was fair and square.  We stirred up the entries and someone from the event staff selected the name.  I didn’t play favorites because they drove to the event during a snowstorm and raced to our booth.  It was just meant to be Hannah’s dresser.

The funny thing is that now she and her mom needed to have a conversation about who would actually get the dresser!  Hannah won out and the dresser would be going into her room.  They requested I paint it in Farmhouse White.

So, we spent Friday and some of Saturday painting the piece.

Once the hardware was removed, Cheri (my antiquing buddy who came to help for the event) and I worked together on sanding the surface with 150 grit paper.  It was on the shiny side and I didn’t want a lot of chipping, so sanding was the best way to get good adhesion.  It probably took 10-15 minutes to rough it up.  The details made it take a little longer than usual, but we didn’t get into every little nook and cranny.  Some chipping would be okay.

Cheri and I then worked together to apply two coats of Farmhouse White

I will confess that I was a little bummed initially when they picked Farmhouse White.  I was secretly hoping to paint the dresser in a stronger color with white details on the carving.  I think that would’ve been nice, but the white looked gorgeous, especially with the wood top left unpainted.   They had chosen well.

I applied some Hemp Oil to the top to bring out the richness of the patina and color.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the edges with 150 grit paper.  I just wanted to knock the freshness off of the paint, so it didn’t look brand-spanking-new.  Cheri and I applied Hemp Oil over the paint as a topcoat and the final step.

And it turned out so great!  I wish I had a better backdrop and lighting to get a proper picture of it, but you get the idea.

The best part is that Hannah and her mom loved it.


  1. Karen

    This piece looks amazing!


    What a great piece! And to WIN it would be so exciting. I love the trim on this piece.

  3. Kim

    Do you think that the hardware is original to the piece? Also, I wonder why they would have had locks on all the drawers!

    • Kate

      Since the top drawer overhangs the others, it might have been impossible to install a mechanism that locks all the drawers from the top one. And there are horizontal pieces of wood between each drawer. I wonder how old the dresser is? It has a homemade look. Perhaps it was made for a public space where locking was necessary. Some research would be interesting.

    • Amparo García

      On that time furniture’s draws used to have locks on all drawers. I have seen some at home, at my grandmother’s, family, neighbours,… vintage furniture. Mostly all have locks.
      Food, clothes, linen, jewllery, money, etc were kept closed at home

  4. Erika

    How perfectly pretty and that hardware is gorgeous!! Lucky Hannah!

  5. Patti

    So sweet – Yay and congrats to Hannah!

  6. Mary Ann

    Lucky girl!!
    It is a beautiful piece of furniture!
    We missed the Bonanza this year , first time ever!! So sorry we missed it!
    Thank You for all the great pictures!

  7. Rosanna

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  8. Isayo

    I love the dresser ! I wish I could enter to win and lucky for them !

  9. Kathy

    Wow, that lucky winner, I am thinking she will have that piece a long time. I can see her leaving her childhood home with it and using it in her bedroom, a dining room buffet, entryway chest or even in a babies room.

  10. Kim Price

    Hemp oil is so amazing, this turned out great. What a special memory she will always have.

  11. Jane Allen

    Love the story and how it all turned out. I love that someone so young enjoyed something so old…..it was meant for Hannah

  12. Terri

    Wow… Gorgeous piece!!!!!

  13. Deborah D

    It turned out beautifully! I love Farmhouse White.

  14. Chris Moore of Seattle

    Marian you are so funny with your ‘it was meant to be Hannah’s’ disclaimer. I can’t imagine anyone seriously thinking YOU rigged the drawing for the dresser.

  15. Jenn

    How fun! I love the mother daughter story, it makes me smile!

  16. Joy

    Beautiful love the contrast from natural wood and the painted bottom

  17. Kathleen

    It turned out beautifully ! I would have raced to the booth too !

  18. monique odman

    Well done, great combo with the top keeping its wood aspect and grain.

  19. Kari

    Please give more information on hemp oil….i have several wood pieces and was wondering if i could use hemp oil on them?

  20. Cindy Smith

    So happy for Hannah. She has a beautiful keepsake and something very special with a wonderful story to tell. The piece is lovely.

    I have a question about the hemp oil. I purchased two bottles of MMS hemp oil to enhance an old ladder that I use to display antique quilts on. I washed the old ladder and scrubbed it clean. I stood the ladder up against the back of my house in the summers sun to dry for a couple of days. (I brought it in the garage during the night so the dew would not be on it and then brought it back out in the sun the next day.) I then wiped it down once more and proceeded to apply the MMS hemp oil with a chip brush. I gave it one coat and rubbed down the ladder with a clean cotton cloth to remove any access that might not have soaked into the wood. I then set the ladder aside for two weeks in the bedroom I planned to display my quilts. After two weeks I arranged three of my quilts on the rungs and was very pleased with the look. That was middle of last summer when this was done. Last week I was going to freshen up my quilts and found that the hemp oil has badly stained each side of each one of the quilts. I’m dumbfounded and don’t know what to do. From everything I have read about hemp oil I don’t think this should have happened. Any suggestions on what to do about the ladder and how do I get the hemp oil out of my antique quilts? I greatfully appreciate any help.

    • Sharon Rexroad

      Cindy – was the stain kinda brown or rusty colored? If so, it was likely the wood itself that caused the staining. Happened to a family quilt that I had over a wooden staircase railing for a longish period of time.

      In the future, lay muslin under your quilt or layers of acid free tissue paper.

  21. Marybeth Gill

    omg I love the hardware!!!!!!!!!! such detail!!!!! and I love farmhouse white I paint everything farmhouse white that dresser is so awesome

  22. Elizabeth St

    You chose well. The dresser is gorgeous, full of quirky detail. You were generous to make it a giveaway. It sounds like it will be well appreciated

  23. Shelia P

    Hi Karianne! Congrats to Hannah nd her mom! The dresser turned out great! I just love all the details it has. I’m glad she left the top natural, it looks so good that way! That hemp oil is amazing at bringing out the natural markings and scuffs in the wood. I’d call it a total success! Have a great day! 😊

  24. Shelia P

    Oops I meant Marian! Typo haha Haha!

  25. Michele M.

    What a generous and amazing giveaway – oh that dresser is so incredibly AWESOME! Love your Farmhouse White!

    I love that we know the postal sorter went to a really neat young gal, too. Was wondering about that and now we know!

    Have a blessed Easter, Marian. : – )

  26. Teresa Schuchmann

    It turned out perfect. You do amazing work

  27. Linda

    Love the way the dresser turned out! What an awesome prize and memory for Hannah! Wish I had been in MN for the show. Glad the weather cooperated somewhat. It’s been a strange MN weather year.

  28. Ruth

    I’ve painted dressers in every MMS color in my career. Every time I did Farnhouse White I loved it.

  29. Vicki

    The dresser is beautiful! Awesome win Hannah and mom!

  30. Elizabeth

    Such a fun story! Congrats Hannah! Sounds like it was meant to be.

  31. Hannah Parrett

    Geat job as usual, Marian–your furniture makeovers always blow my mind!

  32. Cheri Dietzman

    I was secretly hoping for a strong color too! Farmhouse white turned out to be lovely on the dresser! So fun for Hannah to win it!

  33. Ann Brudno

    Sad to see the beautiful wood painted. Portions of the side panels look as if they were grained (hand painted to mimic &/or match wood on other parts of a piece, typical earlier and during the time period of this piece). That adds to the value of even the plainest piece. 😢

  34. Jenny

    So lovely. I wish I could spend an afternoon in your studio watchigyou work. I want to try this. I have all wood pieces never painted these yet.


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