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Old Fashioned Milk Paint antique dresser in Lexington Green

It is 2017, time to post my first Old Fashioned Milk Paint blog rep post of the year. I chose to use milk paint on this sweet antique dresser I literally pulled out of the dumpster. I was only damaged from other items tossed in on it. This makes me so sad that people think old pieces are trash worthy even if they don't want them. Trust me, there are many who would give old pieces a new home and new life!

First step is to make all repairs; this includes securing the frame and drawer rails, fill dings and dents with wood filler and replacing one drawer bottom. Once all repairs are made I usually begin the sanding process. But this piece had stickers galore stuck to it so those had to be soaked and rubbed off with orange oil to remove all.






the poor girl lost two shoes (AKA casters) in the toss too so I removed the other two ;(

Now to the sanding step. These antiques have shellac finish that goes all crackly so it tends so sand off easy but requires ventilation and a mask so luckily …
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Homestead House Limestone Milk Paint Dresser ~ Sideboard ~ TV Unit ~ Change Station

One of my past favorite projects was THIS dresser turned sideboard. I recently sourced a similar dresser, sturdy solid wood with a great farm house feel.

For this one I chose Homestead House milk paint in limestone, before applying it I added some other colors of milk paint to give layers. Green and brown went on with bonding agent added which made them stick like glue.

I added bonding agent to the Homestead House milk paint limestone too and it stuck and covered the colors in just one coat.


I added a second coat of limestone with bonding agent and once dry, I had to power sand to get the distressing I wanted. Before I could add dark wax to further the aged look I applied a clear coat of Cece Caldwell's endurance to seal the milk paint. Homestead House espresso furniture wax was worked into the dresser edges, crevices and areas that needed some definition. Knowing that the top could get lots of traffic I added 2 coats of Polyvine wax finish varnish in a clear dead flat finish. (…

Cerused Coffee Table

Occasionally I rethink a project I have done and redo it in a new finish. This cute low coffee table that was painted grey with a sweet stencil had sat too long.


Seeing it was solid wood I thought it would be the perfect project to ceruse. What is cerusing wood you say?

"Back in the 1500's, the French invented a technique of filling in the grains in oak beams and paneling with a toxic paste derived from lead. This was initially done to help prevent rot in oak beams. ... Today that stylish finish is still called limed oak in Europe and here in the US we call it cerused wood or cerused oak." GoHaus.com
Start by sanding the finish off down to bare wood. I used my orbital sander and 40 grit since a few layers of paint




Next take a wire brush (yes this is a drill attachment I bought after watching a YouTube Video claiming it worked but it is far to harsh as per test board so I used manual like a brush) and going with the grain in long smooth strokes to open the pores and ra…

Fusion Mineral Paint's English Rose Jewelry Boxes

Millennial pink has been on the radar for awhile now, Fusion Mineral Paint just released English Rose, a beautiful soft shade of pink. I did 2 wooden jewelry boxes in two different finishes. Follow along to see how each were created. Also check out an MCM dresser in this gorgeous color I did too.



Both wooden jewelry boxes were fully painted in the soft pink with 4 coats for full coverage (above is after 2), a tip to save paint would be to use a base coat of Fusion's concealer or primer ;)


Once the 4 coats were dry, I added Fusion's champagne metallic paint over it all and highlighted the hardware and edges with the NEW rose gold wax.
This jewelry box is all sparkly, pretty and girly!! The perfect look for a little girl inheriting her late Grandma's jewelry box.



Now onto the 2nd jewelry box, I used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to give an aged mercury glass feel to the etched glass door pane.

The edges were distressed and Homestead House's espresso wax added for a …