Meet Jameson, he’s my latest before & after:
An antique Paine & Co dresser that my friends, Dan and Kristin, found for their bedroom. Dan and Kristin’s style is impeccable and their home is filled to the brim with antiques and vintage finds. I’m hoping to actually snap a few photos of their home and share it on the blog because I think you guys will fall in love. They have collections of books, the best liquor cabinet from an old ice box and fabulous furniture. Even their 5 year old daughter collects tea cups. It is just amazing to walk into their home.
They asked me to help them with this dresser. Here’s how it was looking before:
We decided on a dark top and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Artissmo. I first stripped the top with Citristrip and had incredible results. This wood is so gorgeous. I ended up just using several coats of hemp oil on it instead of staining first.
The body was painted in two coats of Artissmo and it is the most wonderful, rich blue. Think of a gentleman’s club with soft leather chairs, sparkling crystal decanters, worn books, velvet curtains and you get the idea of this color. It is deep, and rich and perfect against dark wood.
We wanted the chippy look so I didn’t apply the bonding agent to the two coats of paint. So it really chipped and flaked a lot. I was a tiny bit nervous that they would think it was too much.
Especially at this stage, when it was peeling off in sheets. I was ready for this though and was hoping for the chipping. I sanded the drawers a bit before painting but they were pretty scratched and in rough shape.
After painting, I used my scraper and removed all the loose paint and then I vacuumed the entire piece to remove paint flakes. Then I used a sanding block just to be sure, then vacuumed again. Two coats of MMS Milk Paint Clear Wax were then applied.
And here is Jameson in all his chippy glory:
Doesn’t he look like he was found this way? Just what we had hoped for. Another antique to add to their fast collection.
I love all the elegant detailing. Doesn’t that look like a greek pattern on the middle drawer?
Oh, and the pulls, the lions head brass pulls are from D. Lawless and look amazing on this piece.
I also must mention Dan’s wonderful shop, Gentleman and Daughter Antiques in North Scituate. If you’re in the area you really must stop by. So many great treasures and my Rosalind dresser just sold from there. I’ll be bringing another dresser down soon.
So what do you think of Jameson? Perfectly aged like the whiskey?!? I’m in love with him. So glad I could help Dan and Kristin out!