Before I start sharing this before and after let me just tell you how much I wished for one of these when I was little. I wanted a one in the worst way. I imagined sitting at a little dressing table just like this English antique – writing poetry in my journal, applying make up and dressing up. I was always putting on shows at the house when I was little because I had wanted to be an actress.
Well, I never got that little dressing table, BUT if I had I would have wanted it to look just like this one! This is how the dressing table looked when I got it:
Luke is holding it together because it was in pieces.
Here it is in my basement in pieces. I have known all along that I wanted to paint this in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and I knew I wanted it to be chippy! You all know I like that look 😉
I sanded the entire piece down and mixed up some MMS Milk Paint in Dried Lavender (without bonding agent). This is a smoky, gray lavender. It is definitely not purple per se.
I did two coats in Dried Lavender. Then I mixed up Ironstone. I dry brushed the Ironstone on as I wanted it to look like layers of paint.
The piece really peeled and flaked in some areas. Like the back leg. Not really sure why.
I took a paint scrapper and scraped all the peeling paint. Then I used fine grit sandpaper and sanded all over. I vaccuumed and wiped the piece down.
This piece is super smooth which might be a surprise because it looks so chippy.
I sealed the entire piece with two coats of Tough Coat. I first learned about his product on Miss Mustard Seed’s website here. I am amazed at how it seals in the chippy paint and is non yellowing. I would advise using a foam applicator. I used a brush and after I washed with soap and water it was hard as a rock (live and learn!).
I’ve decorated this piece with bits and bobs from my childhood -sea shells, my grandmothers make up tin and even my bunny!
I wanted to give the feeling of a girl’s bedroom:
The chair is also an English antique and I love the patina and how it is a little wonky.
I staged this for a little girl, but it could most certainly be for a big girl too!
The aged hardware was done with Gilder’s Paste. A new to me product that my friend Nancy at the Sea Rose Cottage recommended. Actually, all of the products used on this piece I got from her lovely shop. You can check out her site here.
Ooooh, don’t you love the color of them?!?
I will definitely share how I created this look after the show!
There is so much to love about the Gemma Dressing Table –
The soft graceful shape of the mirror and the legs:
Layers of paint that have chipped off:
Gemma will be coming to The Duxbury Show and so will this little wonky English chair.
Hope you get a chance to stop by and visit us at Booth 12.