This little dresser has been through the paint war. It was my dresser when I was a little girl. It’s a Broyhill piece and is made beautifully with solid wood and dovetailed drawers. It was at one time a honey colored stain with pink and blue flowers on a few of the drawers (purchased that way new, via Broyhill).
Through the years… My style has changed… Maybe a couple times (7… This dresser has had 7 makeovers 😬).
She sat lonely in the garage for a good year…stained, peeling…with mismatched knobs… I’m not even sure how they all made their way onto her drawer fronts.
Here’s a look at her sad state:
There’s nothing wrong with her at this point.. Albeit, she certainly would need a cleaning and a new coat of paint if I had chosen to just keep her white. And obviously hardware that all works together! But… My Littles were begging for a happy color in their otherwise mostly white on white room.
So, I started with stripping all the old paint off to bring her back to natural wood so I could start to see something different.
But, alas, the paint was removed. (I used Citristrip for this, and it’s by far my favorite paint stripper I’ve used to this point).
I decided the “happy color” would be yellow… Because what is happier than yellow?! I chose to use a color from Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line called Mustard Seed Yellow. It’s a lovely mix of pigments that lands in the world of neutral yellows to me. Once I had the drawers painted, I decided I would use a pale grey to dry brush everything else but the top. I wanted to keep the top natural wood. Then I coated the grey with Annie Sloan in Old White.
And started sanding. And sanding. And sanding.
Until I got to a place of the old worn French cottage look I was going for. I knew I wanted to add some hand painted details on the top drawer to add a little extra femininity to the piece, so I got my chalk out and sketched out a pattern to paint:
Once I had my design drawn in chalk, I took a small paint brush and filled in the design with the same Old White chalk paint.
I finished the piece off by waxing it for protection and adding hardware.
Here it is finished in my Little’s room:
It does bring a happiness to the space and the girls love that yellow is being incorporated. It has inspired a couple other yellow pieces in the room. I’ll be sharing their room makeover on a blog post soon!