There is something very summery about Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle milk paint. I have now painted my 3rd oak dresser Tricycle. The color is so vibrant! I love it. The two pictured on the right were done last summer. I just completed the one on the left.
They all seem to have a subtle nautical vibe but this last one is just so much more obvious due to the rope details on the dresser and pulls. I left the two knobs unpainted and added some antiquing wax to darken the color.
And here’s the before picture.
And here’s the top drawer. There was a great ship wheel applique but part of it was broken and beyond repair. There is a slight shadow left where it was attached and I think that is pretty cool.
I love its shape – great for a little boys room. Or a beach house of course.
If you come here often, you probably know how I feel about antique oak…fab! Something about the grain of oak wood is just beautiful. Sometimes I don’t want to paint it at all. It just depends on the patina of the wood I suppose. However, the color can sometimes be orangey or blah. That doesn’t mean the beautiful grain has to be lost. I used the milk paint as a stain on this piece because it was very raw oak meaning it would absorb the color. I applied just one coat letting it settle unevenly in some places to give it a nice aged look and to allow the grain to show. I topped it off with furniture wax and buffed a little bit.
By the way, there is a new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint group page on facebook for more color inspiration.
Did you meet my friend the sailor boy? Isn’t he a darling little paint by number? I have had him awhile and can’t seem to part with him. I think he needs a name – any suggestions?
This dresser is headed to West End Garage in Cape May this week so it can find a forever home, hopefully at the beach. Don’t we all wish for that?
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