Cottage Yellow in the Summer

Good morning everyone. Today's transformation has me thinking of summer days, summer nights and cottage life. This dresser just makes me see quilts, I'm not sure why. Like it belongs in a room with the white curtains billowing in the breeze and the lakeside loons cooing? in the distance.

I picked up this dresser on my lunch one day and saw that it was a solid oak piece with a hideous re-stain job and old fashioned brass handles.

I stripped the top and applied my favourite wood "helper" #howardsfeedandwax.

The plan for the body of the piece was to paint it with Miss Mustard Seeds Linen milk paint. I got 3 coats in and did the whole shellac nonesense and ugh. It looked like piss. No other way to put it. I have had mixed luck with the light colours of milk paint. Every time I get an oak piece to paint I always want to do milk paint. I have never had real issues with the dark colours but the learning process is quite constant with milk paint for all you newbies out there. Don't get discouraged. 

So my Plan B for this piece became mixing a custom yellow out of #generalfinishesmilkpaint

I used a combination of Somerset Gold, Linen and Antique White until I got the perfect buttercream colour I was after.

When I went over the white paint with the yellow I avoided the areas around the key holes and some of the other areas where light chipping and patina was coming up. It gave the piece the age of multiple coats of paint and then, adding some antique wax around these areas gave it more age.


you can see what i mean by the patina around the key hole and the look of the layered paint

i replaced the hardware with these natural steel pulls from #leevalleytools. they are uncoated so will age naturally and show rust spots. i love that but, if the new owner wants to keep them in this state they could be easily coated in a clear lacquer.


Here's to many more summer days with the breeze blowing in.

Were you seeing colourful quilts going in the dresser as well?

Have a good day,


a stroll thru life 
elizabeth & co 
miss mustard seed 

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