BEFORE & AFTER | by breida with a b

Hello, Everyone!

You, know – just because you haven’t heard much from me lately does NOT mean that I don’t have MMSMP projects, tips and tricks up my sleeve. I do! And I’d like to share some with you now!

Here is the “before” picture of this dresser I worked on recently.

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

This kind of dresser is my favorite thing to work on. I’ve done a few of them now. I am just a complete sucker for those turned legs. I also like the idea of having the dresser up off the floor enough that you can easily vacuum or sweep underneath. I don’t actually own any like this in my own house (I should change that), all of our dressers come down almost to the floor – just enough space for things to go under there – never to be seen again (including massive dust bunnies…).

This piece had some issues – but they were all cosmetic. That’s the way I like ’em! It’s really sturdy, has all of it’s original wooden wheels and most of the original hardware. The drawers were a little sticky, the top surface was a mess, and the drawer fronts were very textured and rough.

Believe it or not – I was kind of excited about the sticky drawers. I knew they were structurally sound and so I knew that they were good candidates for a liberal dose of Hemp Oil. Next time you run into sticky drawers on a dresser, DO NOT BE AFRAID!! Take each drawer out and inspect a bit – see where the wood is making contact with wood – where the drawers slide along wood inside the dresser. Use an old cloth to rub Hemp Oil on BOTH the wood of the drawer and the wood inside the dresser. You will be AMAZED at the difference it will make. The drawers on this dresser work perfectly now. No stickiness at all.

So – the stickiness of the drawers is hard to show in a photo but wait till you see the difference in the TOP of this piece!

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

There is the side by side, before and after sanding the top…

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

and a close-up of what the top looked like before I went after it with my random orbital sander. As I’ve said before, I start with 60 grit and move to 100 or 120 and then finish with 220. It only took me about 30 minutes of sanding to be done with this dresser top.

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

Another note about refinishing the top of your piece. As you can see here – I do not follow my own advice…

My advice is to stain and refinish the top BEFORE you do your final coat of paint. That way, if you drip stain onto the body of your dresser – it won’t be the end of the world. That is the theory – in PRACTICE, I usually leave the staining until LAST. But…

Do as I say…Not as I do….

I finished the top with a dark coffee colored stain – and a coat of Hemp Oil….

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

WOW!

Do you want to see the whole finished piece?

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

I added some small, inexpensive wooden knobs to the top drawers and stained them to match the top. I’ve done this multiple times now and I always like the way it looks.

I was thrilled with the amount of chippiness on this piece – and I was pleased with how and where it chipped. I already said the drawer fronts were really textured – so I sanded them down but left everything else alone.

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

I did a first coat of Boxwood and a second coat of Lucketts Green. My goal (which I did not really achieve) was to have the Boxwood showing through the Lucketts a bit. I did use a wax puck as a resist between coats in a few places – but what I really want is for the second coat to CHIP OFF of the first one…still working on that.

I’m still in love with the way it cam out, though. The chipping on the body of the dresser is perfect! I love that the stain underneath is so dark. I don’t like a lighter wood showing through -or a reddish color either – when I paint a piece that has this gorgeous dark color – I always go for a chippy look. It’s just a personal preference.

I wanted chippy – and I got it!

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

If you have any specific questions about how I got the look – feel free to ask – but in general, I did not sand the body of the dresser – I just painted one coat of Boxwood and another coat of Lucketts on top. The chipping – just happens all on it’s own!

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

Can you tell that the chipping is heavier on this side than on the other? I was painting outside in front of my barn – and the sun was shining on this side of the dresser. I have now seen many times that direct heat (from the forced hot air in my house OR from the sun) makes the paint chip much more extensively.
Think about painting in the shade for a little more control over the effect you achieve.

If you want to read a little more about this piece – learn where I got it etc. – you can hop over and read the post I wrote about it on my own blog at
breida with a b.com

See you again soon with another project!

-breida

8 thoughts on “BEFORE & AFTER | by breida with a b

    1. Breida

      Hi, Mary!
      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you were here! More tips to come for sure! So glad you like it!
      -breida

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  1. Karine

    Lovely work as always, such of fan of your pieces. I can’t tell from the picture but was the top solid wood and was that the finish that was all messed up (before picture) was was there also veneer on there? What a transformation, it’s amazing……..

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    1. Breida

      Hello, Karine – The top of this piece IS veneer – which, as with all things, comes in differing QUALITIES. This happens to be very nice veneer. And it’s pretty thick, too. You know, almost all of these dressers that I re-do are veneer on top – they still come out looking fantastic. You just have to be very careful when sanding – especially at the edges – as your sander tends to tip a little and you can easily sand down through to the interior of the piece of veneer – and then it looks yucky.
      So, yes, that WAS the messed up finish on the before pic – then I sanded it down, and that lovely veneer was there all along.
      Thank you so much for the compliments!
      -breida

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  2. anya

    Just beautiful! I love the green body with the wood top, and your tips are always so helpful!

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    1. Breida

      Thanks, Anya – Yeah, the green/dark wood combo is one of my favorites – I’m glad you like it, too! Glad the tips are useful too – Sometimes I think I’m throwing in too many!
      Have a great day and thanks for letting me know you were here!
      -breida

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