It has been a marathon getting ready for The Chapel Market, which is just over a week away, but it’s been so fun, too. I am most focused and intentional when I’m working towards a specific goal. And this time has been even more fun, because I’ve had a lot of great help and the amazing studio space to work in. I’ve been relishing it! I have been a little overzealous with filling the “green zone” (aka my mockup booth for the event), because I’m starting to wonder how it’s all going to make it down to Alabama. Has anyone invented a way to beam furniture, yet? That would make things much easier.
We have a plan A and a plan B, so hopefully it’ll all fit. It’ll be like playing Tetris.
Anyway, here’s the latest makeover…
Here’s how this piece started…
Now, you know me and paint. I don’t usually have an issue painting a piece of furniture, but this wood was really beautiful and I debated with myself over it for a few weeks. I saved it until I had painted all of the other dressers and was down to this last one. What finally helped me make the decision to paint it was that it didn’t have the original finish. Someone recently applied a sloppy, shiny coat of polyurethane and, while it looked nice in pictures, it didn’t look that great in person and close up.
The top was pretty rough as well, so between that and the drippy finish, I put a coat of paint on this empire beauty and slept like a baby after doing it.
I painted it in a coat of MMSMP Flow Blue with French Enamel on top. I used Hemp Oil in a few strategic places between the coats to act as a “resist” and allowed the Flow Blue to show through once the piece was distressed. After looking around for some inspiration, I opted for a simple folksy tree design for the front to set this piece apart from the other blue empire dressers I’m taking to the Chapel Market.
Here’s how it looks…
I styled this shoot with fall accents… preserved oak leaves (Wegmans), a gold throw (Target) and some antique finds that support a “wanderlust” sort of vibe. Maybe you’re not picking that up, but that’s what was going on in my head! I’m picturing this dresser in an Alpine cabin, welcoming someone who just went for a hike and collected leaves in their woven backpack. I’m picturing the dresser filled with thick wool socks and checked cotton shirts.
Are you feeling me? It’s like my “internal monolog”…something from my acting days.
I allowed the milk paint to remain a little “chunky” for the first coat, to provide a lot of texture when I later distressed. Can you see the little speckles that look like worn and flaked paint? That’s from the texture underneath created by the first coat of milk paint. Once sanded, it feels smooth, but just gives the appearance of texture.
…and here’s a few more detail shots, just for fun!
This piece will be for sale at the Chapel Market coming up next Saturday!