Even though I’m on vacation 1000’s miles from home, I still snuck some painting in. It would seem that I get withdrawal symptoms when away from my chalk paint. So a rainy afternoon in the UK was the perfect time to tackle this project for my mother in law.
There’s a little bit of personal history on this piece. It was originally a welsh dresser that Hubbie and I bought for our kitchen when we were mid renovation on our 300 year old cottage. The cottage was a huge project but is special because it’s were we had our daughter and it was the most amazing property by the time we had finished. We certainly have amusing stories about both the renovation and life in the village. Maybe one day you’d like to hear more.
The Dresser didn’t match our style when we moved so it was adopted by the Mother in Law, who removed the top and put it in her kitchen. As you can see from the drawers, it was a knotty yellow pine which is ok in a cottage but looks a little dated in a more modern house.
I chose Old Ochre from the Annie Sloan chalk paint range. It’s a really nice neutral, not too white and not too yellowy cream. It’s quickly becoming one of my (new) favourites. As the wall behind the dresser is also neutral, I left the top and the drawer fronts natural, giving them a light sand and finished in clear wax, buffing to a high shine (which is a great arm workout).
I gave it two coats of old ochre to ensure that the yellow pine was totally covered and gave it a light sand to smooth the surface and very lightly distress it. Then (and this is the cool part), I took a sample pot of Crown Metallic paint in Millenium and mixed a tablespoon or two to my clear wax. The result is that the dresser has the antiqued look of dark wax but the metallic flecks catch the light nicely. I absolutely love, love, love doing this with my clear wax to create different finishes and colours. I scored some major brownie points with the M.I.L for this bit of reloving and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Look, Mr Duck even got a quick makeover too.