Pine Chest Makeover in Mora and Restyled Cabinet


I told y'all I'm on a painting binge and this chest became a victim, too. This chest was in pretty poor condition and I had put off painting it until now. Mr. Savvy was surprised I even bought this since it isn't super sturdy. Yea, it's a bit rickety, but I love the shape of it and it didn't cost much.

I painted everything, but the drawer fronts. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Mora.
I did not add any bonding agent and was hoping the paint would chip, but it didn't. There are some spots I thought might where the wood is showing through the paint, but no chipping or peeling.
I painted the knobs in Typewriter with the same milk paint. 
I sanded some of the black off.

While we are here I thought I would share how I restyled the cabinet. I placed this little silver wind up clock that I found at the flea market last weekend next to some old books.
Another old and crazed Dundee Marmalade jar was added to my collection from this etsy shop. The more crazing the better.
More old books. I love decorating with these.
A framed sheep picture sits on each shelf. I have had these for years.
This fellow stands in front.

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Happy Thursday!


  1. Kim, I love the clean finish of the dresser. Of course, your styling is perfect as always.

  2. When a piece speaks to you, you've got to get it! That's my philosophy. I really like the way you left the wood on the drawer fronts. Great little cabinet on top with fun vintage goodies!
    Mary Alice

  3. If you're not painting, you're shopping! LOL

  4. Kim, I love the dresser! It looks great with less chipping and I love the natural wood drawer fronts. The cabinet on top is perfect and I love the way you styled it. You are super talented and I get inspiration everytime I visit your blog. You never cease to amaze me with your styling skills.

  5. Great results, Kim! This project probably didn't take that much time and the result is so pretty! I tell my customers, once you get the hang of it, milk paint is a great alternative to chalk, which we also sell. We've started straining the mixed paint through a dollar store strainer, to remove the minerals, that won't dissolve. works great!

  6. Kim, why is it I love everything you do? :) Your vision is amazing and I get so much inspiration from your blog!

  7. I love the shape of it, too and loved how it turned out! Love how it looks by leaving the drawer fronts unpainted.... Thanks for sharing!

  8. Kim, this is an amazing make over and creative move to the distressed black knobs.... I love it.
    As creative as you are with perfect vignettes this piece take that cake!

    Love it in your home.


  9. Kim, I loved the pine dresser in its natural state but dang if you haven't made it even prettier! You are soooo talented!

  10. Kim you are the stylin queen. Love your vignettes always and how sweet is that pretty dresser. LOVE!

  11. Love your dresser! You did a great job.
    Have a great

  12. A wonderful old piece you made a lot better, i love it.

  13. It all looks great, Kim. You are one industrious lady. I admire your energy.
    Happy Autumn!

  14. Love the drawer fronts, the markings are beautiful....did you wax them??

    1. No, I did not wax them. I have used hemp oil on them in the past.

  15. Kim, I love it! You know how to make anything look fabulous!!

  16. Very nice inspired me to get busy around here again!

  17. The way you painted it is very nice and the top drawers are so cute.

  18. I love it! I pinned it. What does Mr. Savvy say about it now?