Sunday, January 30, 2011

Petite Yellow Dresser

I just love the petite size and sweet details on this little dresser. I can so picture it in a nursery, so I thought it was a perfect candidate for yellow.







We have a local unfinished furniture store that sells this milk paint. I've been wanting to try it try it for awhile now. And who could resist a color called buttermilk yellow?





I was pleased with the finish, but this paint was extremely thick and a bit of a challenge to work with. But once I thinned it down a bit, it went on smoothly. It was however, more expensive than most traditional paint.




Along with the milk paint, I picked up some yellow ochre glaze. I brushed it on with a sponge brush and rubbed it off with a soft cloth. I liked the color and the glaze very easy to work with.









The beauty of glazing is that you can use as much or as little as you like. Just be sure to have a wet and a dry cloth handy. If you are not happy with the result, you can just wipe it off and ty again. It's pretty much fool-proof!





The photo below really shows what a difference glaze can make. The top drawer has the finished glaze, the middle drawer has wet glaze that has not yet been rubbed off and the third drawer has no glaze at all.







A dry brush is great for working the glaze into all the little nooks and crannies. It's a Purdy, of course.





Here is my very sophisticated method for painting knobs using a cardboard box.








And here is the finished dresser after a bit of distressing and a few coats of polycrylic for durability. I was really pleased with the result, although this was a really hard color to photograph. I tried outside first, then inside in various rooms with different camera settings. The color is really pretty and much richer in person.












These original wooden knobs are really cute.
















And I love the curvy apron along the bottom, plus everything just looks cuter on wheels.




Just perfect for a nursery!






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60 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love it sharon!!!! i love sweet dressers like this in buttery yellows. so soft and pretty, and yes, perfect for a nursery. some lucky baby will have this dresser for years to come.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love the dresser and the yellow is such a gorgeous yellow. Not too bright, just right. The aging is wonderful. Perfect. Hugs, Marty

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What a fun dresser! I love to see yellow pieces because it's a color that's not often used. I had classic "Winnie the Pooh" in all of my kids rooms and they had yellow dressers. I loved it!

You did a great job! I hope it finds a good home!
~Michelle

Allison@FabRehab said...

So cute...and yellow lets it be used for a girl OR boy! I've never heard of Milk Paint....off to google it!

Chrissie said...

What a sweet piece! I love the yellow, it's such a fun color!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh great job Sharon. Note to self - do more yellow. This is amazing!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Beautiful! I haven't seen milk paint in years. Everyone will be wanting to paint with now after seeing this gorgeous dresser. The soft yellow milk paint is perfect :D

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I agree, wheels do make everything cuter. Love the yellow. I've been craving more yellow lately. I haven't used milk paint. The glaze really gave it depth.

NanaDiana said...

Sharon, That is a wonderful little dresser. There is nothing like milk paint..it has a richness to it that you don't find in any other paint..but it is a bit harder to work with. However, once the danged stuff is on you can't blast it off. Love the color you picked and I think it fits the character of the piece perfectly. Hugs-Diana

Lauren said...

I love this dresser! You did such an amazing job. I'm a new follower. Saw your link at Polly Want a Crafter.

www.theelephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I love that dresser, Sharon. I've used milk paint before and love the colors available, but you have to thin it with water it's so thick! The yellow ochre really made this dresser one of a kind.

Pamela said...

Beautiful piece!

Kristen said...

That is so lovely! I've never used glaze before--you make it look very do-able. :)

the cape on the corner said...

adorable! love that scrolly bottom!

molly susan strong said...

Sharon this is a lovely finish. I love a bit of color to make the day happy!!!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Very pretty. I love yellow!

knack said...

really, really great job! Love that crazy yellow glaze!

xo

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

It turned out darling! I've never tried milk paint either. Interesting! Love the glaze & distressing, though. And, yes, yellows are so very hard to get a good photo of.

Would love for you to stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Love the transformation! I love the color and the distressed details.

Leslie said...

I think that is precious. I would love to have it in my house even though I don't have a nursery! I just love the wheels on the bottom of the dresser.. Great job!

Leslie
Your Newest Follower
Tranquil Acres of Alexandria

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Yea!!! She's back! I love the dresser! I like how you showed the three different drawers and the differnce glaze makes! What an adorable piece! I hope you've got more coming soon!!! :)

Stacy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I have only ever used brown glaze but I am loving the yellow! I think I need to paint something yellow now :)

oops! said...

I would say the perfect yellow! Adorable!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this! The glaze really boosts it up several notches. It came out great.

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

turned out beautiful. did you like working with the milk paint. that one thing i havent tried yet.

The Inspired Nest said...

The yellow is perfect and would be precious in a nursery! The glaze really made a difference!
Lacy

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I've always wanted to try milk paint, but never have used it. I really like the end result of your piece once the glaze was on. Thanks for sharing how the milk paint looks. I love yellow, so I'd use it in my house even though I don't have a nursery, but it will be perfect for a baby's room!

Custom Comforts said...

Very lovely transformation. I've been wanting to do something in yellow and now you've convinced me I should give it a try.
Cindy

Sarah Lynne said...

Beautiful makeover! Love the yellow!

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Oh, this is sooooo pretty! Great transformation.

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sharon, that is perfect for a nursery. Love the yellow. I did not know milk paint was thicker. Do you think you will use it again? Thanks for sharing this beauty at my party.

very merry vintage style said...

Wow--you definitely had a vision when you saw that dresser with the sweet little wheels. Yellow is perfect and the glaze makes it even better. Just beautiful!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Oh, I agree with you, Sharon. With a name like "Buttermilk Yellow" it had to be pretty. And, indeed, it was! Of course, your additional glazing and distressing worked magic. ;)

Thanks for joining my party each week.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
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Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Sharon this turned out sooooo lovely. I love yellow and I love tiny so this neeeeds to get to my house somehow.... :)

Really though, you did a great job. :)

The Crafty Gals said...

So so cute!! I love it with the glaze. I'm a new follower to your great blog. So happy I found it!
~Mary
www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

Krafty Kat said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

That yellow glaze looks great...thanks so much for coming to my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

Beautiful! I LOVE that color. So buttery! and yes, I do like the knob-painting trick! ;-) Found you at A Glimpse Inside ~Lori

Tammy said...

so cute, love the knobs. i just adore vintage pieces. thanks for linking to my party!

KATHY said...

I love the dresser! It looks fabulous.

Kathy

Erin said...

Yellow was the perfect color! Very sweet and the details show up so much better than before when when I was so dark. :)

decdiva1 said...

i love it, i love yellow and i love the glazing and distressing you did! it's perfect! it's ready for spring!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Love it! Beautiful! You just a fabulous job redoing furniture!
Thanks for linking up.

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

WOW!!! It looks great! What a pretty color. Have a great day.
Bonnie :)

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

it's such a ducky color! Love it

Ellen said...

Love the colors and the dresser is sooo cute in it's petite size ;)

xoxo,
Ellen

Debra@Common Ground said...

Absolutely darling!! love the yellow and the glaze makes it perfect!
Thanks for linking up for the party,
hugs,
Debra

AshTreeCottage said...

That's adorable and just perfect for a nursery!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

At The Picket Fence said...

This is my new favorite Sharon! I adore anything yellow and this pale shade is perfection to me! Thanks so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Red Lipstick said...

(from just a girl!)
So adorable, and that color is perfect. I LOVE the way you painted the knobs! so creative.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh just LOVE this darling dresser! I love yellow and a sweet petite dresser in yellow is perfect! Well done! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Theresa said...

It looks fantastic! I could also see it in a playroom...so bright and fun!
Thanks for the step by step...one day I'll venture into the world of glazing.
Found you over at the Weekend Wrap-Up Party.
Cheers!
Thresa

Reeni said...

How beautiful! You make it look so easy! Thanks for showing us how you did it.

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

I also love small dressers. You did a great job! The color is unusual and stunning! Portlandia Vintage

Meg said...

It's beeeeyoutiful!

Jenn Erickson said...

Sharon, you did a beautiful job with the dresser. You're right, the dresser had fabulous details, and your choice of paint and glazing really complimented and highlighted them. Thank you for all the tips on glazing, and for your method for painting knobs!! I'm so happy that you linked-up for another week of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17 and hope you'll swing by again tomorrow to share more of your magic!! Jenn

DANA said...

That is so adorable! What a transformation! I would love for you to come link up with me as well if you haven't stopped by yet! Best link each month gets prizes!

http://www.thesaturdaymorningsblog.com/2011/02/strut-your-stuff-for-february-round-2.html

Holly said...

Love the sweet dresser...I have that paint, but I LOVE it with the glaze.

Katie said...

I love this color! I'm so into yellows right now and I had NO idea they had yellow glaze!! I know what you mean about not being able to get a picture that truly shows the color! Either way, I love it! =)

Its So Very Cheri said...

Your dresser came out so nice. The milk paint is so nice isn't it. Glaze is so fun too-it really changes the look.

Cheri