Sometimes when it comes to getting a piece of furniture for a bargain it all comes down to timing and spotting it before anyone else gets their hooks into it……….Sometimes it comes down to people just not knowing the value of what they are selling………….Sometimes it comes down to people actually not having enough imagination to see past the before picture………….
I am fortunate to be on the end of all of these situations and being able to grab a piece of gorgeous furniture for almost nothing.
In this case people couldn’t see past the ugly before photos and the buyer didn’t actually know what they had. This is a beautiful Red Cedar chest of drawers which were stained orange (you can see spots where the stain was flaking off) to say that it was a little blah was really an understatement, I could see why no one had bought them. The buyer had taken terrible photos and did not know what they were made from so after listing them a few times they reduced the price to $40 and I jumped all over them. These drawers are HUGE and heavy and beautifully made, all they needed were a superficial makeover and a colour that would make the brass handles pop.
I am never scared of using colour and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scales is one of those colours I just love, it is a bluey/greeny hue that is not too in your face. Because I didn’t want any chipping I added bonding agent and did two coats of paint before lightly sanding and distressing. The top of the drawers were stripped and stained a deeper colour that is far away from the ugly orange stain in the before. I then finished the whole piece with a coat of clear furniture wax. I really wanted this piece to have a modern rustic/country feel that would be just as ease in any room of someones home.
I love how the brass cup handles pop against the colour, before they were lost in a sea of orange.
What I love about using Milk Paint in projects like this is that because of it’s consistency you can still see the grain of the wood through the paint. This is a look that only Milk Paint can achieve.
I love a good bargain, it makes me so happy! Have you found any great deals lately?
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