When I bought this piece, I knew I wanted to freshen it up a bit. It didn’t need dramatic plastic surgery. It just needed a little makeover, so it could look its best. Before we even brought it in the house, I put wheels on the bottom and my mom and I gave it a good scrub. I also hunted for and ordered some pulls to replace the mis-matched ones. I know there is a charm to it as it is, but just wait until you see the makeover…
The pulls arrived over the weekend and, earlier this week, I took some time to remove the old hardware. What I found was not what I was hoping for…
Someone had painted over the hardware. Bummer.
This isn’t such a big deal, except it left some unappealing beige paint exposed and the new pulls weren’t going to fully cover it on all of the drawers.
A part of me wanted to just put the handles on and be done with it, but I knew the beige “gaps” would always bother me and they would look sloppy. Repainting was the best option, but I really liked the green and the fact that it was wearing some age. I sort of hated to lose that. I decided to mix up a green to match with MMS Milk Paint. I knew this color was in the Lucketts Green/Boxwood neighborhood, so I mixed equal parts of those two colors. Originally, I was just going to test the color for match, but I just went for it!
(I should’ve known I wouldn’t be content to just “test a color”. I was standing in front of a piece of furniture with a cup of mixed milk paint. What else could I do?!)
At first, the custom color looked like it might be a little on the yellow side, but it ended up being pretty spot on! It was so close that I just painted the drawer fronts and left the body of the cabinet alone.
Milk paint can dry a little chalky, but I knew it would “richen up” once finished with Hemp Oil.
See the difference?
The top four drawers are finished in Hemp Oil and the application made the color almost a perfect match. I love it when on-the-fly solutions end up working out!
I’ll show how it looks all finished, with the hardware, as well as how I decided to position the label holders tomorrow…