Sunday, October 18, 2015

Green and a Little Crackle


Last week I found a cute, but ragged dresser on CL and thought it would be perfect for a makeover.  

Before:
The dresser belonged to a college student who was moving and she needed some quick cash.  Awhile back I bought some milk paint and crackle product from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.  and dediced this dresser was going to be my experiment with crackle.  I have never used it, but I have seen pieces that have a crackle finish and I like them.  I decided that having the white show through would be a good look.  I poured some crackle solution in a small container and then using a cheap paintbrush I painted the crackle goop onto the dresser.  After it had dried for about an hour I mixed up Bayberry Green and painted the dresser.  At first I wasn't seeing much crackle, but then the magic happened.  

I scraped the dresser with my Spackle knife to get the chips and flakes off and get the chippy look.  I did not like the bright white showing in the cracks, so I sealed and aged the entire dresser with Tung oil and AS dark wax and then fell in love! 


I love that her original details are now noticeable 

Love the keyholes! 

Oil painting I found at the Flea Market 



At first I was not going to use the pulls that came with the dresser, but after the paint was on it I loved them. 










32 comments:

  1. Wow my douther like a lot she change her room good job!!!
    Blessing
    Isora

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    1. Thank you Isora-It was a fun project!

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  2. I'm glad you kept the pulls! They are gorgeous. You did a great job on this, my friend!
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Brenda-I am glad I kept the pulls too-they looked bad when it was plain white.

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  3. wonderful aged look you came up with. It's easy to get discouraged when at first it doesn't come out as we'd imagined, but so good that you stuck with it and aged it.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-I am glad I added the dark wax to age it too-the bright white just wasn't what I wanted.

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  4. You do the green so well. Those are some gorgeous chippiness.

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    1. Thank you Victoria-I do have this thing for green!

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  5. I do faux painting and murals and have worked in a crackle medium often but never have tried Old fashioned Milk paint companies crackle mixture. Of course it's your talent and skill and a wee bit product and I'm loving this piece. Great decision to keep the original handles. The key holes are really cool, do you have a skeleton key that works on them?

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    1. Thank you -I did like the crackle a lot and will use it again for sure. I love the key holes too and I don't have a skeleton key but a buyer could find one and use them.

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    1. Thank you Rose-I love the painting as well!

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  7. Love the pulls and love the green and crackle. This is so charming of a piece. Great job.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris-I think it is a charming piece now too!

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  8. This dresser is beautiful. Love the color you chose. I have not had great luck with crackle medium, so I'm anxious to try this brand. I would never have had the confidence to scrape the chipped/cracked paint either, so thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Trina-I was happy with the crackle and will try again and I think it works well with milk paint and how it dries.

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  9. This dresser is beautiful. Love the color you chose. I have not had great luck with crackle medium, so I'm anxious to try this brand. I would never have had the confidence to scrape the chipped/cracked paint either, so thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Martina-i love how it turned out too!

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  11. WOW - fantastic makeover!!! I love the "old" new look you gave to this dresser - perfectly aged, crackled and distressed - looks like it came out of an old farmhouse. Great color choice also. The before and after are amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you-I love to try to a get an "old" look -it is a fun challenge for me!

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  12. Darrielle, this little dresser is so adorable. I really like that you kept the original pulls and love the crackle finish. Just such a great job reloving this piece.

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    1. Thank you Benita-I like the pulls too-I didn't like them with the bright white.

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  13. Oooooh Darrielle! Loooove the crackle, love the dresser .... love everything about it! I'm glad you kept the original hardware, it's unique! I would be so happy if you would share this piece (or any other pieces) over at my Making Broken Beautiful party this week. It runs every Thursday thru Sunday. I would love for you to come and inspire! http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks-I love the crackle too--I went to your party and linked up-thanks!

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  14. I love how this turned out, the cracking looks like it's happened over years and years. Gorgeous color too. I'm glad you shared at VIParty.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I love the color too!

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  15. I love how this turned out, the cracking looks like it's happened over years and years. Gorgeous color too. I'm glad you shared at VIParty.

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  16. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous finish! And I have some of the same paint leftover and some crackle medium! I am definitely going to give this a try, thanks for the inspiration! I would love it if you would share it at Friday's Furniture Fix… http://www.patinaparadise.com/2015/10/fridays-furniture-fix-14.html

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    1. Thank you Lucy- I would love to see how yours turns out! I will come by!

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  17. This is remarkable, really. I love it when the "magic" happens! :) Lovely work!

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    1. Thank you --I love when the chippy magic happens too!

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