Mustard Seed Milk Paint Dresser {Makeover}

by Chris on December 11, 2012

Well, it was time. My beloved little dresser had really seen its day. The drawers weren’t holding up right, and I wanted something taller for the space. AKA—I wanted more storage. Can you ever have enough?

I knew how this would play out. I’d want the dresser on day 1. I’d find it on day 219. But it was worth the wait. Beautiful condition, real wood, and $60. Iiiiiiiiii’ll take it!

dresser before

As I pondered what to paint it with, my friend and savior came to my rescue. Marian sent me a couple of shades of her new milk paint line, and that was all she wrote. I mean, she wrote more. That’s just an expression.

milk paint

The final product? A shade of dreamy with just a touch of bliss.

milk paint dresser 1

After telling Marian what I was looking for, she sent over Shutter Gray and Grainsack. I would bet that this is 95% Shutter Gray. I added very little of Grainsack. Just enough to lighten it a tinge.

milk paint dresser

My décor doesn’t really call for pieces that are too aged, so I just lightly sanded the edges to show some wear. Not too new, not too old. Juuuust right.

dresser detail

While I loved the paint (was a little tricky to figure out consistency), it’s the wax that made me fall in love. Holla! This stuff is a miracle in a tin, and I’ll be using it again (that rhymes—depending on your dialect). Went on like buttuh.

Mustard Seed Milk Paint

This is not a sponsored post, but rather a declaration of love for a paint that my friend came up with. You done good, girl! Me likey.

Dresser Milk Paint

It doesn’t have to stop here. If you want to learn about Marian’s heavenly painting skills, you know where to go. Well…just in case you don’t know where to go. I am now looking for a dresser for another room. In case you’re wondering, it’s day 96.



Jaime Costiglio December 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

Chris it’s divine. It’s so refreshing to see a ‘non Christmas’ post right now, at this time of year I long for regular projects and yours hits the sweet spot. And the color is perfectly perfect, just that hint of blue without being overwhelming. Nicely done.

Leah December 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

I LOVE it & I LOVE reading your blog! I can just hear you saying some of your phrases; like, “went on like buttah” & “me likey”. Makes me smile & feel a little bit closer to my dear friend. I will keep my eyes peeled for a dresser that I think would be to your liking & let ya know if I find one. Keep up the great work Jag! ♥

ValenzMom December 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

Chris, your chest of drawers is beautiful! I just saw a chest at my favorite shop this past weekend that I’m going back for now that I’ve seen how yours turned out. Mine was marked $69, but the owner always gives me a great deal if it’s been in the store long enough. I’m on my way…

specialkate099 December 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

The dresser is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Your website, blog and facebook page is always so down to earth, entertaining and educational. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick December 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

It is beauteous!!! Just lovely, I want one!! Come paint it for me will ya? Or I have three dressers waiting for a redo right now, soooo…

Courtney {a thoughtful place} December 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Shut the front door. That is completely beautiful. I am with Sarah. I want one, too. The lines on that are gorgeous and the paint is really so pretty. Lovely, my dear. As always.

Susan December 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

You’ve inspired me! This is gorgeous!!!

Lesley December 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Wow it’s beautiful. I saw this paint. Now I need to paint something. Great job. I love the color.

Cindy Miller@ December 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

That’s a beautiful color, and I love the style of the piece.

Rachel December 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Whoa – love love love it. That color is fantastic!! It looks great!

Kelly December 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I love it…your description is perfect…dreamy with a touch of bliss. I truly love the end color and the dresser is beautiful! I’m excited because a shop close to me has just started carrying her paint. I’m deciding on a color or two. :)

Dream Mom December 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Wow, it turned out perfect. Love the color. I’ll have to try that paint.

Amanda December 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love this…and have a dresser nearly identical. What was the oil called that you talked about? There is a retailer about 30 miles from me, I want to make sure they have just what I need before I go! Your blog is beautiful…I found it through a link on Pinterest. Now I’ll add it to my reading list!

Amanda December 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

Not oil…wax.

Dana December 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I am so glad I found your blog today! Why haven’t I been here before? You are funny with a capital F. And your work is gorge. I’m here to stay…

Anneke at This, That and Life December 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Wow, this turned out absolutely beautiful! And the way those pulls always look fantastic against painted furniture gets me every time. You did such a great job!

jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof December 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

This is beautiful Chris! I think this color is my favorite so far, I saw Layla’s secretary makeover in this color and it’s perfect! Wow, I may just need to get some of this stuff :) I am making myself a note to pin this to the Better Homes and GArden , home blogger projects board. I can’t pin tonight b/c I already pinned two other milk paint projects within the hour….I’ll look like a milk paint stalker freak.

Chris December 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Gosh, Jessica. Thank you! I had no idea what to expect, so I’m very pleased with it!

Jan December 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Beautiful piece. Where did you find this beautiful dresser?

Allison @ The Golden Sycamore December 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

First of all the fact that you found that beautiful dresser for $60 is amazing! Also, I LOVE the color and finish of your transformation! You did a beautiful job! It really is gorgeous!

TracieMcOB December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

B.U.Ti.Ful!! Love the finish and the dresser itself is wonderful. I have my eyes peeled for similar but hard to come by especially for $60 smacker-a-roos! Question – did you use the bonding agent to get the smooth finish?

barbgrooms December 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Lovely job Chris. That is really nice paint. The color is perfect, subtle and not too bright. Very soothing. Looks like you inspired several people to transform one of their pieces. Mom

Erin @ How to Nest for Less December 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

Oohmigoodness! I am in LOVE with this makeover. Great job mixing the colors, too. So dreamy!

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