Saturday, May 12, 2012

Picking, Painting and Peacocks

I set aside my weekend for an adventure in picking with my mom and sister. That's not really out of the ordinary, except that I got out of town to "pick" the desert. It's hot out here!

This is just a sampling of what I will be bringing home with me!

I also splurged on an antique dresser, paying between two and three times more than I am typically willing to spend on a piece of furniture.

I just love this piece, though. All of the original hardware is on it. It has the original wooden casters. Beautiful rose details adorn the front, mirror posts and mirror. I was super anxious to get working on this...but, I'm out of town and don't have any supplies...except...

I found a bag of milk paint in the truck that I just got in the mail! WOO HOO! There are some advantages to never cleaning out the car.

With that being my only option, this dresser was going to have to be Peacock Blue.

With the triple digit temp...okay...maybe just 95 degrees...the paint dried super fast. I mixed a really watered down version of paint so that it went on more like a lime wash. I didn't wipe the excess (like you do for a lime wash look) but left the variation in brush strokes and areas of deeper color knowing that when I distressed it would come right off.

I kept the hardware in its original state.

I didn't do anything to the top, but left the original wood and stain, complete with the natural wear that it shows.

When it was all said and done, it took less than two hours to paint and distress. When I get home, it will get a coat of clear wax with a bit of dark wax in some spots.

My lesson learned from this project:

I am going to put together a painting kit to keep with me for my out of town trips. I can't tell you how many times I've been away for a weekend and gotten a new find that I'm anxious to work on. The only reason I was able to tackle this one was because I just so happened to stumble upon a bag of paint in the car! I'll share what I include in my painting kit as soon as I put it together, which of course won't be until I go out of town again.


  1. That painting kit sounds like a really great idea. I know what you mean! Have a wonderful weekend and I love what you did here- xo Diana

  2. Worth it, I say! I love that color, yo. It's the bees knees...

  3. Love the color and the dresser has grat details! I still haven't tried milk paint yet.

  4. I really love how this dresser turned out! The color and finish is awesome.
    Connie :)

  5. The dresser is beautiful!!!!

  6. Nice job! I am waiting for my milk paint to arrive,,,it will be my first time using it (on a piece just like you did!!) Thanks for the tips.

  7. Nice job! I am waiting for my milk paint to arrive,,,it will be my first time using it (on a piece just like you did!!) Thanks for the tips.

  8. I've been working my way through decorating my entire home. It has been such a blast and such a challenge ALL at the same time. I was browsing around google for some ideas of what I can do to spruce up my downstairs bathroom, and came across this dresser! Its absolutely adorable! I could never put that in my home, because its not the style I was going for at all. However, my mom is totally into things like that, and with her birthday coming up, I think it would be a perfect gift! Does anyone know if I can use a lime wash on the dresser without ruining the wood?


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