Guess what?!? I have a furniture makeover to share today. I think you’re gonna love her. I know I do!
This is Lily:
John actually helped me name her. He thinks her color looks a lot like my favorite flower – lily of the valley.
You maybe wondering about Lily “before”. This is how she was looking for quite a while in the middle of our living room.
I’m not sure you can see the scratches and wear and tear in this image but she really needed a makeover. The top was really scratched up too!
When I saw her, I knew I wanted to do her in Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone Milk Paint. I really love the color but haven’t used it since my Isla dresser. This is Isla in our bedroom:
Isla and Lily could be long lost sisters, don’t you think?!?
Isla is a Henredon serpentine dresser and Lily is a serpentine dresser by Dixie. I think they are both from the 40s. I decided I wanted this chippy look and Lily really chipped:
To create this look. I scuff sanded the body of the piece and I did three coats of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone (without bonding agent). I used a scraper, sandpaper and vaccuum to remove the chippy and flaking paint.
I stripped the top with Citra Strip and then stained the top with Minwax in Jacobean. Jacobean usually comes out darker but on this piece it has a more cherry or redish hue but looks great with the wood that is shining through.
The top looks so rich now! I sealed the entire piece with Minwax water-based polyacrylic in satin finish. I usually use wax on my milk painted pieces but really wanted to seal the chippy finish in.
I absolutely love the details on this piece. The medallions:
The beautiful brass hardware:
What do you think of Lily?!?
She’ll be available for sale at my upcoming Open Studio this Sunday. Contact me for more details.