Even though yellow is one of my favorite colors, I have a love-hate relationship with yellow paint. Every time I paint with it, something goes wrong. In the case of this tall boy, I pushed out of my comfort zone and overshot. The first mustard color I used was WAY too bold for this vintage piece. The before pics below were taken with my iPhone and the lighting wasn’t the best, but these have NOT been altered. It really was this intense!
When I posted to FB, some of you suggested toning this down with glaze. Brilliant! And thank you for all of your suggestions. A glaze, wash, or dark wax certainly would have done the trick. But for whatever reason, I was stuck on my original vision — keeping this dresser’s finish clean and simple. So instead, I lightly sanded the first coat of bold mustard chalk paint, and started over with milk paint. Miss Mustard Seed’s Mustard Seed Yellow to the rescue!
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent on the first coat so the milk paint wouldn’t chip. It didn’t. What it did do (because milk paint loves to surprise and do it’s own thing) was crack beautifully in a few areas. The cracking adds to the modern/yester-year appeal of this dresser. The body has been waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax and buffed to a beautiful sheen.
The top of this dresser has been sanded down and stained with Varathane’s Kona Gel Stain and protected with 3 coats of Varathane’s Satin Poly. If you’re ever looking for a dark-rich-not-too-red/yellow-stain, Varathane’s Kona and Expresso are amazing! I only applied one coat of stain on this dresser’s top.
I left the drawers unlined. They are clean and in good shape.
What do you think of these knobs? I think they’re perfect for the piece and really tie everything together!
I’ve been painting furniture for a few years now. I’m still amazed at how each piece of furniture feels unique and often teaches me something new.
Here are My Take-A-Ways For This Restyle:
- Milk Paint can be painted over Chalk Style Paint and still look amazing.
- Stepping out of my comfort zone always leads to good things… even though it may not look like it at first glance.
- And lastly, if I ever paint the outside of my house yellow (which I’ve been wanting to do for years because I have a ‘thing’ for cheery yellow homes) I better be SUPER careful what shade of yellow I choose. 🙂
Feel free to pin this project and if you have any questions, ask away. 🙂
Are you a fan of yellow? Chime in with your thoughts, questions or just to say ‘hi’ because I always love hearing from you! 🙂
Happy Painting and have a bright sunny day!
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