two-toned milk paint dresser | part one

A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a nice day and sanded down the pieces I found at a local consignment shop.

You can find a tutorial on prepping a piece to paint HERE.

Once sanded and prepped, I brought this oak dresser with a mirror into the studio to paint it…

This piece was in nice condition, but the glossy and yellowed polyurethane made the oak look very orange and was giving it a bit of a 1980’s vibe.  The dresser has such pretty lines and I think painting it will accentuate the cottage style.

I decided to go with a very soft color from the MMS Milk Paint lineLayla’s Mint.  To give that color a bit more dimension, I’m going to layer it over the brighter, more saturated Lucketts Green.

The effect will be very subtle but will give the finish more character and even help a bit with coverage.

Here is a video showing how I applied the first coat…

And I already love it in the Lucketts Green!  The Layla’s Mint will give it a much softer look, though, which is what I imagined for this piece.

I was tempted to ditch the mirror since dressers without mirrors tend to sell better than those with (oddly enough), but this one is so pretty and I decided it was worth the effort.  The buyer can always remove it if they want to.

The second coat will go on tomorrow and I’ll use that chance to show how to use the Wax Puck for two-tone distressing…


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