As I shared yesterday, I prepped this piece and painted it in MMS Milk Paint Lucketts Green

I wanted a two-toned look with some subtle variations, so I decided to layer Layla’s Mint, a softer green, on top with a rub of our Wax Puck in between.

The Wax Puck is perfect when you want some differentiation between two different colors, but you don’t want it to be chippy.  The wax simply makes it easier to remove the paint when you get to the distressing stage.

So, I rub the Wax Puck along the edges and lightly over the flat surfaces, so it can catch any “high points”.

Since it’s easier to show you than to tell you, here is a video showing the Wax Puck in action, applying the coat of Layla’s Mint over it, and then distressing…

(Just a safety note, it’s a good idea to wear a dust mask or respirator any time you’re sanding.)

Here is a close-up of the two-toned look.  As I said in the video, the look is subtle because I used two colors that were similar.  If you want a more dramatic two-toned look, use colors that are higher contrast.

I love how this look gives the illusion of the paint being worn away and it lends lots of visual depth to the finish.

The final step is the finish.  I’ll share that along with some finishing tips and the reveal in the final post of this dresser makeover series…

PS – I shared a clip on Instagram of me singing while painting this piece.  (That’s why my mouth is moving so much!)  I always sing when I work and it’s fun to share a little bit of that passion with you since I don’t sing publicly very often these days.  I included a snippet of another song at the end of the video in this post if you’re curious to hear what I sing when I work.


  1. Beth

    Dresser looks great as always, but wow, that singing! Is there anything you can’t do???? Between that and your portraits and other talents I’m feeling like I must’ve slipped outta line when God handed those out, lol.

  2. Sandy

    seriously – you have many God given talents so glad you put them all to use 🙂 thx for sharing your lovely voice there is a Broadway stage somewhere with your name on it ………………

  3. Stacey Arps

    You have a lovely singing voice. What was the song? Wow, girl, you are multi-talented! Love the greens!

    • Marian Parsons

      It’s called Forgiveness from the musical Jane Eyre.

  4. Connie

    God has so richly blessed you with many talents! Please share more of your angelic singing with us more often! The family Christmas musical performance last year on the blog was another highlight, bring them back this year please! The dresser is wonderful too!

  5. Amy G.

    I have to say, initially I was sad that you were painting this piece, but… now I can’t wait to see it finished! I think the treatment you’re giving it is helping the gorgeous details and lines of the dresser really stand out. Brava!

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you! I love how it’s looking painted as well.

  6. CONNIE in GA

    I’m loving this dresser! The subtle difference in the paint colors is really soft and beautiful. And Marian – your voice is so lovely!!!!!

  7. Kathy McDonagh

    The cottage look is what I still love the most after all these many, many years and this dresser is a perfect fit. I’m just so in love with it. I’m going to try these colors on another piece I have and I can’t wait to see how it looks. Like everyone else who follows you, I am in awe of your many talents. Please always share your singing when you feel like it. We love it!!

  8. Elizabeth St

    Family singing, please!… Some of the Von Trapp family children (inspiration for the Sound of Music) children emigrated to the US and operated a beautiful cross-country ski resort in Vermont …Maybe the Parsons family children will one day start a famous furniture fair!

  9. Michele M.

    Beautiful dresser, gorgeous distressing and absolutely stunning singing voice – you sure are the real deal, Miss Marian.

    Well done, you. ♥

  10. Krista

    Your voice is amazing! I wish I had a thimble full of any one of your talents. I am so glad that several years ago a friend recommended your blog to me. I’ve enjoyed each and every visit.

  11. Wendy Y

    Thank you for the tutorial, but even more for the song. I love pretty music, and you delivered it so well 💕

  12. Marlene Stephenson

    Thank you for this tutorial and your lovely voice, you have been blessed and are a blessing.

  13. Dona Jones

    I love painted furniture and usually don’t mind if the original wood is covered but sometimes when a piece is sanded down (like this one) is seems almost criminal to cover over it. But then you make it so gorgeous that it’s worth it. thank you .


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