We have a storage room off our garage which is another messy junk room that needs organizing. Mr. Savvy has three chest of drawers out there holding supplies and tools. I was thinking that one would be the right size in the sun room and would give me some drawers to keep my work stuff in. So I grabbed the tape measure and measured the chest and then the spot where I figured it would work. Yep, perfect size so Saturday I got to work on making it pretty.
See how perfect it is? It didn't look like this before.
Here is how it looked after I cleaned out all the drawers and drug it in the house. Mr. Savvy has had this for over forty years.
I wanted a worn chippy look and decided to use my Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint in Ironstone that I had on hand.
I have had some trouble getting just the right peeling look in the past using the paint and didn't want it all peeling off so I lightly sanded the top since there were some water rings and then used a deglosser on the rest of it. Well, then the paint didn't peel at all so I had to sand it to get the worn look.
I decided to keep the drawers stained and love the two tone look.
I painted the big knobs with the milk paint and they peeled well.
I used Miss Mustard Seed Hemp oil on the white paint and since there were a few dings and scratches on the stain I used Restor A Finish in Dark Oak that I had on hand. I love using it on stained wood to cover scratches.
After the painting was done came the fun part of creating a vignette on top. The seagull canvas was in the old nautical guest room. I took the picture when we visited Martha's Vineyard last fall and ordered this on photo in a canvas. That photo was taken through a restaurant window through heavy fog and I love the way it turned out.
The orchid was given to me by Shirley when I stayed with her last week for the High Point furniture market. I hope I don't kill it. I have never owned an orchid before. I played around with a couple lamps and liked the way this one looked best.
Here is the space before.
Best part was it didn't cost me a single dime.