family heirloom

Yesterday I had the chance to spend the afternoon with my sweet little niece. She is not quite two yet but just amazes me with her humor and knowledge.  Every week she picks something new and silly up.  She also has skills in the kitchen.  Something that she didn’t inherit from me!

play date

However, I like to think that she picked up my fashion sense.  And stellar ability to accessorize any situation.


Over the summer her mom and I re-did a vintage dresser for her room.  The finished piece turned out with just as much personality as the little girl who it now belongs to.

Shutter Gray washed dresser

This dresser has a fun back story.  It belonged to my great-grandfather and then my father who gave it to my brother.  This was my brother’s dresser all throughout his childhood.  It is a large sturdy piece which has stood the test of time.  Now it is passed down to yet another generation – the first girl to own it as far as we know.  With that said, it was due for a makeover!

Shutter Gray washed dresser

Unfortunately I don’t have a before picture of this one.  Just picture an uninspiring brown, actually almost gray brown boxy dresser.  Eww.  And very tarnished hardware.

Shutter Gray washed dresser

The hardware, in fact, was the biggest surprise of all in this makeover.  Once cleaned up, a beautiful rose bronze peeked through.  So pretty!

rose bronze hardware

As for the paint, we mixed up a wash of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Shutter Gray.  We applied three coats of the wash to achieve this coverage.  Each coat dried very quickly so we were able to start one right after another.  This project was a breeze!

Shutter Gray washed dresser

Suddenly all of the art deco lines we never noticed were highlighted with this paint treatment.  I like the base of this dresser.  Second to the hardware of course.  So unique!  It’s funny because I have looked at this dresser all my life yet never actually saw those details until now.

Shutter Gray washed dresser with art deco lines

We finished it off with clear wax and a little buffing.  Now it is fit for it’s next owner!

Linking to Miss Mustard Seed

3 thoughts on “family heirloom

  1. What a great post about a such a cutie pie! Oh and the dresser of course! 🙂 I love the color and the “pulls” really were an uncovered gem! It’s beautiful!

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