Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Mint & Antique

I had a great week of holidays!  I spent some time up at a cottage, and then went camping for a few days with friends.  Everything was great despite the chilly weather, a real change after the scorchers we had the week before.  I was starting to miss my paint brush by the end though and was keen to get back to my workshop (garage) like any good addict.

This little dresser was great fun to work on, and it was nice to do a piece that was smallish and I didn’t have to get Mr. Chuckles every time I needed to shift it around. 

It is definitely an old piece.  The top is planked wood that hooks into each other, something I had only seen once before (see my Ottawa Oldie post)

I sanded everything back and gave a couple of coats of white primer as I wanted some white to poke through when I distressed.  I then custom mixed up some mint using old tins of ASCP and slathered that on.

I gave everything a good sanding with the orbital to get a super smooth finish before doing some distressing. 

I love the way the white shows through the mint adding some layers of goodness.  I finished with clear wax and just a smidge of dark wax.  I wanted to keep it light and fresh.

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  1. WOW! Came over from MMS's party. Really love what you have done with this piece. Mint is one of my faves. And it really pops off the wallpaper and floor.

  2. such a pretty piece and colour
    cheers Fiona

  3. Thanks ladies, Scraping the bottom of my Florence and Pure White cans really came up with a great colour!

  4. Happy accidents are great, wonderful to take a chance and be successful. Love this dresser. I've been hoping to find one but if I do and redo it I'm keeping that baby. It's very hard to find good and different older pieces here in Grand Junction, CO area. I'd sure love to. I did find a nice little antique high boy on wheels but didn't buy it. Am I kicking myself? You betcha. You did beautiful job on that dresser. Happy daze

  5. What a beautiful color !!!
    I'm working on an almost identical dresser - a makeover of a makeover lol - because it didn't sell !!!
    Visiting from Classy Clutter!

  6. Haha, Suzan you sound just like me! If something sits for too long, I have to break out the brushes again and start re-working it! Good luck, the mint is so soft and lovely, Im sure this one will be a hit.

  7. SUch a gorgeous dresser! I love the color. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party going on now: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-21.html

  8. Hi Rita, thanks for the invite, Im all linked up! :)

  9. Beautiful! The dresser has so much character and I just love the mint color! I recently painted some chairs that same color. You should come check it out.

  10. Just lovely! Great job with the perfect amount of distress making it perfect for any kind of room, from formal to elegant! Thank You for sharing it at the Fluster Buster Party, join us again next week with another one of your creations, Lizy, your party co host!

  11. Beautiful! I love the little imperfections, they add so much character. Thank you for sharing this project on Fluster's Creative Muster. Now that you found our party I hope that you will continue to join us every Tuesday evening.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster