Aug 5, 2013

Green with Envy - Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood

This week, I didn't actually go all the way to the back of the project pile, but finished a project that I've had sitting in the garage for several weeks (which will free up the walkway to get back to the pile again!).


When I brought this baby home, I posted about her on Facebook and here on the blog.  No question, this dresser has been on my mind since I spotted her while trying to decide what to do with it.  I bounced back and forth on colors - anywhere from black to white.  Still not feeling it, I started seeing green.....Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood Milk Paint, that is.  I've done several pieces in her Luckett's Green and was excited to try this deeper shade.


I really love working with Milk Paint, but I'm always careful about what pieces I use it on.  I didn't want a lot of chipping on this one, but I wanted it to have a rustic look to go with the top.  We had to strip off the warped and badly splintering veneer top which left the rough underlayment.  I sanded and stained that with dark walnut and I actually loved the not-so-perfect look to it!  It laid the ground for where I wanted to go with this piece.


I painted the majority of the dresser, but left the only two drawers with curly maple veneer natural.  I used bonding agent when I mixed up the first batch of paint to minimize the chips.  Once dried after one more coat (this time with no bonding agent), I added a light sanding, distressed the details of the gorgeous carvings, added several coats of wax - and she was just about done. 



I chose simple walnut stained wood knobs on the two lower drawers and pulled out the last two iron bird knobs I had left in my stash and painted them to match the dresser.  With that - ALL DONE!


After a lot of fretting and pacing back and forth in front of it for weeks, I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  I like to use color, but try to keep things somewhat simple and classic.  This green was perfect in contrast with the wood!




UPDATE:  She sold almost immediately and made a road trip to her new home!
'Til then!

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UPDATE!

Here she is in her new home.  Gorgeous!!!!



37 comments:

  1. I'm seriously drooling. You did an amazing makeover - it is stunning. Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday - I'll be featuring you next week at the party!

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    1. Oh, wow!! Thank you so much! I am truly honored and so excited! :)

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  2. Susan, this is gorgeous. You are soooo talented! I'm honored to have a "Susan" piece in my home!

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  3. Gorgeous!!!!!! ~Ann at Tarnished Royalty

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  4. Wow!!!!! The dresser is truly fabulous! Linda

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  6. very very nice, Susan. I would be hesitant to use green, but this is absolutely stunning! A great choice. I found you on Savvy and now I'll become one of your followers. Thank you for sharing this sweet makeover.

    patty
    Castroville, texas

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    1. Thank you so much!! :)I've used green on a very few pieces, but I'm glad I chose it for this. The pictures really don't do it justice...the color really has more depth to it than it shows.

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  7. Susan, do you have any way for me to follow you by receiving your blog via email ?

    patty
    soriano471@sbcglobal.net

    thank you!

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    1. I don't have the feature, yet...but I'm going to look into it tonight! I'll let you know.

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    2. The button is now there on top left. :)

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  8. Updates, please. That is the prettiest piece I've seen in a long time.
    If I may ask, what did you price it at (pricing is always tricky for us).
    Has it sold yet?
    You did a great job!!!

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  9. I just liked your Facebook page and saw that the beautiful dresser was going to FL. I didn't think it would last long.

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    1. Thank you!! She said that she will send me pictures when it's in its new home. I can't wait to see it and will share. :)

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  10. Oh my goodness I cannot even begin to explain how unbelievably gorgeous this is! I love every single thing you did to it!! Love, love, love!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am still shocked at the reaction this dresser got. :)

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  11. This is just one beautiful dresser and you did an excellent job, picking the color and painting it. Love it..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  12. I love green and this boxwood color is gorgeous. Your dresser looks like a work of art, so lovely!

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  13. Wow! I'm incredibly impressed. It's so pretty!

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  14. I love it! The piece had wonderful lines then you gave them new life. Job well done.

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  15. Stopping in to say hello. This piece is fantastic, great color choice as well as where it was applied. Beautiful!

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  16. I'm green with envy! :) I love this so much that I featured it today as a Friday Favorite. I hope you stop by to see how I bragged about you.

    Have a wonderful creative week~

    Robin
    http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/11/friday-five-fabulous-furniture-features_14.html

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  17. Love the way this turned out! Fantastic job!

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  18. Hi Susan! I've been debating whether or not to paint a dresser I have in Boxwood, and then I came across this dresser of yours on pinterest. It's gorgeous! I think it's helping me decide to go with Boxwood on mine. You did a beautiful job on this!

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    1. I really love this color and have done several pieces using it. I'd love to see yours!

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  19. You did this fine piece justice. The color shows great and keeping parts stained just looks fantastic. Truly beautiful.
    Barbara Ann
    etsy.com /shop/barbaraannscreations

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