Monday, June 8, 2015

Mustard Seeds in Bloom

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I have had quite a few pieces of furniture stored since last year and had been dying to get to this one. This was a dresser that was given to me and it certainly had its blemishes. It had a broken wooden drawer slide, initials carved into the top, stickers and sticky bits all over and there was a few places near the feet on the side of the dresser where chips of wood were missing. Definitely a candidate for some much needed paint...the problem was that the grain was so pretty!

So I compromised. I decided to go mostly painted with a gorgeous stained top. Picture me outside the front of my house in my PJ's sanding the top of this dresser down to bare wood. I'm not sure of the sealer that was on it but it was like trying to break into a well fortified fortress! After about half and hour of sanding with barely a scuff made with my 80 grit sandpaper and a numb hand I broke out the big guns and took the furniture stripper to it. 15 minutes later and I had bare wood and more sanding to do because of the initials that were mentioned above.

I was not about to let the carved initials get the better of me! Clearly, I needed some professional help. Lucky for me that we currently have a house in the finishing stages of being built across the street from us and the finishing carpenter and I have an agreement. I look over into their garage once in a while dreaming of all the handy tools that they have and I don't, and he glances my way wondering if the crazy lady across the street who is constantly sanding things is ever going to take a shower ;) I figured that it was about time that I made some introductions so I approached him for advice. Because we have had some unusually warm weather, I was looking particularly beautiful with my hair all over the place, still in my pj's and covered in dust after getting the top of the dresser prepped for staining.

You should have seen the look on his face when I walked across the street! I sensed fear in him but he was so kind and so helpful when I asked about professional grade fillers for staining purposes. After he explained why he and his fellow coworkers use this particular filler, and after handing over his bucket of filler that he lent me,I was sure that I saw him back away slowly! Ha!

It's called Woodwise Wood Patch and apparently it's what all of the hardwood floor layers uses because it's water based for easy clean up, it goes on like bondo, dries in minutes and takes stain like a dream! I was sold! I borrowed his filler, and promptly called my hubby to scour the hardware stores to find some for me! It's hard to believe that there were once initials ever on the top of the dresser now :) Add some walnut stain and 3 coats of Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil and Bob's your uncle!

So with the top taken care of next up the paint! I picked Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint and adore the colour...much to Mr. PPS's chagrin. He despises yellow, I do not :) I had a full pouch waiting to make its debut on a large piece of furniture and to accompany it, I painted on a line art peony and leaves with some Old White in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I waxed it up with some clear and dark waxes and then tackled the hardware. 

I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned it but this style of hardware is my least favourite. They are usually big, plain and rather bulky looking and these ones where dark with a yellowish tinge to them in the center of the pull. But the dresser had all of it's pulls so it was silly of me to think about replacing them all, but I was really reluctant to use them. 

I decided to go with it and tossed these babies in a bucket of hot soapy water to clean them before I put them back on and that's when a miracle started to happen. After washing, I let them air dry and when I came back to get them they instantly started to patina. I guess the bath in the water, washed away the old sealer on them and now they are starting to and will continue to "age" with time, but in a good way!

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  1. You do lovely work! This dress is is so pretty and cheerful! I would like to invite you to share your work on my linky party. It starts Thursdays at 6:00 pm (MST). It is a Furniture only party and I would be honored to have you join! I hope to see you there!


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