Scandinavian style dresser

Whew!  It has been a whirlwind around here!!

I have been doing a ton of work for The Farmhouse Show which is next week!
I've had an incredible two months at Aunt Bee's House, and was starting to hyperventilate (just a little) as my inventory for the show was dwindling to fill in holes in my booths.
It's a great problem to have, and I am so happy to have that kind of situation, but it did necessitate a buying trip late last week to have a few more big pieces to take with me.

One of the first pieces I found was this highboy.
I love the style of these dressers, and saw a lot of potential in it.

I made my own gray with the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.
This was 5 tablespoons of Linen, and one tablespoon of Typewriter.  I was hoping for a lighter gray, but my goodness, it's amazing how just a tablespoon of the Typewriter really can darken that much cream color!

This is two coats of milk paint.
I had a terrible / hilarious accident when painting this piece....

When the weather starts to get wet and yucky, I will bring my projects inside to work on.  
It's not ideal, but it's what I have to do sometimes.
I always put a good size drop cloth down to protect from drips and splatters.
I was attempting to stand up from sitting on the floor, and the crook of my knee "grabbed" the drop cloth, lifting it up as I stood, and also tipping over the cup of paint.
Well, actually, I said a lot worse than argh.
More like, %!@*%$!!!

It just kept spilling and I seemed to be in slow motion trying to get it picked up before it all spilled out.
Did I mention this was a custom color?

I was desperately trying to scoop the spilled paint back into the cup.
And because so much of it was all over, even with a double layer of drop cloth, I knew it was seeping through to the wood floor.
So bad.
I was able to salvage enough to finish up the dresser, but it was not a happy moment.
Moving on.

It chipped up just in little bits, and I was really happy with the distressing.
I also embellished the drawer fronts with a little leafy-like design that I free handed.
 A coat of clear wax, and then I went over the drawers with a streaky white wax topcoat.

I wanted to find some white ceramic style knobs, and found these ones at Hobby Lobby.
They are so cute!

I'll be bringing this dresser with me to The Farmhouse Show, and I staged it with a few accessories that represent some of the other smalls going too.

Pretty baskets and vintage linens....

...and lots of benches and step stools.  
I thought maybe this cutie would be going, but I may have to hold on to it for a bit.
I've bought and sold so many, but this one just makes my heart pitter patter.

I have several lanterns that I will be bringing to the Farmhouse Show, but not this particular one.  
It's from Ikea, and went the best with the dresser.

One last little detail I wanted to point out in case you didn't see it in the first photo:

You had me at wheels.
I'm such a sucker for anything like this.
Plus it makes it easier when you want to take it home.
*hint hint*

hee hee.  

So much good stuff you guys.  I can't wait to show you.
I'm going to do my best to stay steady with the prep work, and showing you before hand what I'm bringing.  Some of the pieces are so monstrously heavy and buried right now, you may only get a peek at it when I show you my booth photos, but I promise you- there is some cool stuff.

See you soon~
xo Denise
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  1. Very pretty!! Love the basket on top with the bittersweet vines too!

  2. What a beauty! I have done the same thing with paint and it is a drag. Love your styling!


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