two-toned milk paint dresser | part three

The two-toned milk paint dresser in Layla’s Mint is finished and she is a beauty.  Well, in my opinion, anyway!

Before we get into the details of the finish, if you missed the first two installments of this dresser makeover, you can find them here…

Part 1 – Prepping the piece & applying the first coat of paint

Part 2 – Using the Wax Puck, applying the second coat of paint, and distressing

In this post, I’ll share about applying the Tough Coat finish.  Before I do, though, here is the before & after…

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser

I adore how this piece turned out. 

You can still appreciate the beautiful lines and the age of this dresser, but it looks softer now.  And I am over the moon for the antique brass hardware that now pops against the pale green.

When thinking about which finish I wanted to use for this piece, I opted for Tough Coat.  It’ll be durable if this is used as a bathroom vanity or in a kid’s room and it will be easy to apply to all of the nooks and crannies of the mirror.  Here is a video showing how I applied the Tough Coat along with some tips for making sure it’s mixed well and avoiding drips…

Sebastian was being a total ham.

Anyway, here is the end result…

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser
I have to say that I’m not really ready to start decorating for Christmas, but when I thought about styling this piece, I just could not shake the vision of dolling it up with fresh greens, gifts, and candles.  I have to start setting up for Christmas this week, anyway, due to some freelance projects.  (At least it’s only a little early.  A few years ago, I had a tree up until February, another one back up in April, then in September, then finally for “real Christmas”.  My poor boys were so confused.)  

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser
The distressing, as well as the two-toned finish on this piece, was deliberately subtle.  It’s not the kind of piece you’d glance at and think “Wow!  She layered two different paint colors!”  And that’s sort of the point.  I wanted this decorative finish to just whisper.  The brighter green under Layla’s Mint adds a lot of variation and depth, but the technique itself isn’t immediately obvious.  

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser
With all of the pretty details on this piece, the thing I love most is the hardware.  I feel like it was easily overlooked before, but now it’s a real feature.  

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The mirror is also a feature and quite a practical one at that.  I love how it tilts and the little shelf is simply smart design. 

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser
There are so many carved details already that I decided to let those shine, instead of adding some painted details to this piece.  I was afraid decorative painting might detract from the original simple beauty.  

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser 
I was going to share all of the pictures and sources for some of the items used in this photo shoot, but I decided I would save those for tomorrow.

If you’re in my neck of the woods, this piece will be for sale at Adourn in Chatfield, MN after Thanksgiving (along with the Little Black Dresser.)  

 

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - Two Toned Milk Paint Dresser

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