I hope you are having a great week. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted a furniture makeover, and I have a fun one for you today.
For some time now, I have been wanting to use milk paint to get a “chippy” look. I use true milk paint (the kind that comes in powder form and must be mixed with water) quite a bit for my furniture makeovers. I normally add Extra-bond to prevent chipping. Without Extra-Bond, milk paint can randomly chip and crackle, giving a furniture piece a vintage, timeworn look. I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to paint, and the idea not having control over where the paint chips scared me a little.
I found this solid wood dresser at the Goodwill. It is quite old and appears to have been handmade. I liked the size and the sweet details like the applied moldings, the fretwork at the bottom and keyhole covers. The finish was quite worn, and the piece definitely had a rustic, farmhouse feel, making it a good candidate for a chippy finish.
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I cleaned the dresser really well, and then sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper. Because I wanted it to chip, I tried to minimize the sanding (chipping is less likely on bare wood). I didn’t sand at all around the keyholes, the corners and the bottom fretwork. I left all the imperfections to add to the character.
White is notoriously difficult to paint. It can take several coats for good coverage and bleed through is also a potential issue. Nevertheless, I decided to go for it. I didn’t prime this piece since I wanted chipping, and fortunately there was no bleed through.
I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in “Snow White” which is a bright white. I painted at least 6 coats to get good coverage. Honestly, I lost count. Each coat dried quickly and didn’t take too long to complete. The paint started to chip and crackle after the second coat. For the subsequent coats, I gently painted over the chipping areas so as not to disrupt the chipping just yet.
I let it dry well and then used a putty knife to gently scrape the surface to remove the chipping. There was a moment when I was worried that all of the paint was going to chip off, but not to worry. The chipping turned out beautifully. I then sanded using 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. To prevent further chipping, I sealed it with 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat.
I added new chunky glass knobs from Hobby Lobby. I wanted simple knobs that wouldn’t compete with the high contrast of the wood and white.
I styled the dresser with some of my recent thrifted finds. I found the black felt riding hat (not sure what the proper name is) and the artwork at the Goodwill. My kids and I spent last Saturday at a huge neighborhood garage sale and I picked up the vintage leather suitcase. Old suitcases make great storage pieces, which goodness knows I need.
I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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