I had a tough week last week with furniture, I have been looking for weeks for a perfect chest of drawers for a custom client order, I found lots of different ones and each sale fell through at the last minute leaving me to hunt some more and then have the person sell it out from under me! I have to say my faith in humanity was waning…..does no one keep their word anymore? I was sick of getting texts saying “sorry, I sold it to someone else” or even better “sorry, the price has gone up!” WHAT THE HECK!!! I mean seriously people! If I am anything, I am true to my word, when I say something I mean and I will follow through on it. It frustrates the heck out of me when people seem incapable of doing the same thing. Can you feel my frustration here? But the story does end well as I found a chest of drawers that my client loves! I also found a few sideboards, dressers and a desk while I was hunting…….I just can’t help myself…..it’s an illness. I doubt there is treatment for it! Onto today’s makeover….
Sometimes a piece of furniture just looks so sad and neglected that you just have to rescue it and give it a little love. This one was found in the back of a shed, someone at one point in time had used it as target practice….its had patches of dried mud all over it like someone had thrown mud balls at it. I felt sorry for the little fella and knew he had to come home with me. The outside was covered in dirt and mud, so I had to give him a good bath first. Surprisingly the inside wood was in beautiful condition, all it needed was a little hemp oil to bring it back to life. The inside of the door I painted with MMS Milk Paint in Linen to hide some of the abuse 🙁
Remember how I said I never paint with Milk Paint without bonding agent? Well, I confess even I break my own rules and in this case I wanted to keep more of a primitive look to the piece so I took a risk and painted the outside with one coat of MMS Milk Paint in Boxwood (the cabinet had no varnish on it and the paint it had was barely there so it really wasn’t a HUGE risk). It chipped and cracked in all the right places and the milk paint did the magical colour variation thing it does and my heart just soared. It was beautiful in all its imperfectness.
See what I mean about the chipping and colour variation…..is it not perfection?!
If you think you have seen this cabinet before it is because I used it at Christmas time, it was the perfect addition to my rustic Christmas theme.
“I believe there is beauty in brokenness” fits perfectly for this piece……its flaws and imperfections make it beautiful. It hasn’t found a new home yet, but I confess I don’t really want to say goodbye to him….sometimes furniture can feel like a friend and he and I we just get each other…..so he may just find a place in my home. What do you think? Do you love him as much as I do? Have you had a piece of furniture pull at your heartstrings? I hope you have an awesome week!
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