Chippy milk paint dresser in Linen

Happy Summer to you!
It's my favorite time of year!  

Hannah just finished up her softball season right before school got out, and one of the perks of where she played at was that there was a thrift shop two blocks away.  
Several times before her games started, (since we were there an hour before game time for warm ups) I'd head over and see if I could find anything interesting.

I sure did.  
This dresser:

I almost never have such good luck.  
And I tell ya, I was really lucky, because initially I left it there!  
And then I realized, what the heck are you doing??!  
Go back and get that thing!!
( all reality, I have a garage full of furniture, so I was trying to be good and not haul any big pieces home to add to the growing pile.....)

But this was too good to pass up.

I did a random few strokes of Eulalie's Sky as the base, and then did two coats of Linen on top
(Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint).

I did a heavy, chippy distress by using my metal scraper.

I also wanted a few crackly spots, so I also did a few spots all over the dresser with the Crackle Medium. 


 Last week, I also made my first visit into a Hobby Lobby!!
About 2 years into blogging, I kept hearing all my furniture rehab buddies talking about Hobby Lobby 50% off knobs- and they were always so stinkin cute- I was super envious.

The stores were nowhere near me, and then a few months ago a friend of mine said they were coming to Albany. 

You have to know that the 3 major cities in Oregon are Portland, Eugene, and Salem.  
In that order.

I won't complain!  
I'm just not used to a large company wanting to move to Albany for their first store in Oregon!
 I'll take it! 
It's closer than Portland or Eugene, so I'm good with it.

I replaced the wood knobs with these pretty mercury glass ones.

I was struggling to install the two that needed to go on the bow front top drawers.  
The wood front was thick, and the screw wasn't poking all the way through.
I needed something that could hold the nut while I screwed in the post.

I was about to give up, and reinstall the wood knobs on the top two drawers, when Jon suggested a tool kit he had in the garage.

It had a set of tweezers, and it worked perfectly.

The tweezers kinda reminded me of the ones you play "Operation" with.
So helpful!   
The tool kit was made by Task Force, if you are interested in finding it for yourself.  
I wish I could tell you where we got it, but it was a Christmas stocking stuffer from a family member.

The mirror on this piece is super heavy- the glass is original, but it looks like the distressing got a little acid treatment to help with the aging process, prior to my purchase.

The mirror hinges were missing, so I replaced those, thanks to House of Antique Hardware.  
 The shipping was incredibly fast!  
So awesome.

The mirror hinges were originally brass, but I toned it down a bit with some Dove Gray paint.
I may add a bit of stain to it as well to age it up a bit.

Finally, I added this little vignette to the top- featuring some of our hydrangea blooms and a vintage clock I have for sale in my Etsy shop.  
It is one of my favorite pieces!
It's super heavy, the clock works with a wind up mechanism on the back, and I love that it also looks like a trophy.

I'm absolutely loving working with this paint.
And my customers are loving it too.

I just ordered a bunch more to work with, and am looking forward to more projects!

Have a fantastic day!
xo Denise

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  1. What a great piece! I am sure you would have regretted passing this one up. And your re-do, just gorgeous! Love the chippy look!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  2. Wow, that was an awesome find! And I love the beautiful aged finish you achieved!

  3. That dresser is a keeper for sure--someone is going to love it! You staged it beautifully and I love the milk paint. I still haven't tried the milk paint--but I want too. I hate to admit I don't even know where Albany is. I need to figure this out! I have been feeling really left out of the Hobby Lobby loop :)

  4. Very Pretty--I love chippy goodness and you have it!

  5. So cute! Agreed- what was Hobby Lobby thinking? No offense, Albany. Love your ideas and presentation!

  6. Beautiful job! It looks wonderful!! I'm glad you got to have a Hobby Lobby experience :)
    Love your blog!

  7. Denise it is gorgeous! I guess I need to try my hand at Milk Paint again. My first attempt did not go so well. Thanx for sharing at THT!

  8. Love this chippy dresser! Linen is one of my favorites!! Great job! Love the will be totally addicted to Hobby Lobby now. And you can order on shipping...won't even have to drive to Albany!! Am following now on FB

  9. Ah, just left a comment on your other post, but the same goes for this one. Don't want to be redundant but your colors are so sunny and happy and I just love the chippy paint... :-) Always love blue hydrangeas, as well.

    Lory at

  10. Absolutely love this dresser and all the chippyness

  11. Hi Denise- popping over from your feature at French Country Cottage. Your dresser is gorgeous! Absolutely love the chippy paint treatment. I've not been able to try milk paint YET, but can't wait to get my chance :) Hope you're having a good 4th!



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