makeover monday

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? Ours was jam-packed with both work and play. We managed a few hours on the beach and soaked up every minute of it. I was instagramming up a storm of beach and water shots. We’ll be back in the city this weekend where I’m sure I will be instagramming treasures all day at Brooklyn Flea Philly. Yay!  Summer is here!

So today I have a little painted chest makeover to share.  I’ll be honest this shape and color palette wasn’t really my thing initially so it took me a little while to come around to this one.

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

Now it is one of my favorites.  Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone!

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

Before she was a little 70’s chest with a shiny veneer.

chest before paint

Not anymore…

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest (2 of 24)

  chest before paint

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

 For the blue, I used French enamel milk paint for the first time.  I mixed it up with bonding agent since I was sure the paint would chip on the shiny veneer and that wasn’t the look I was going for here.  I painted on 2 thick coats of milk paint. french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

I decided to do the legs and trim in Miss Mustard Seed’ milk paint color grain sack.  However I did not use bonding agent in the grain sack which gave a little bit of chipping around the edges.    french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

I’m really a fan of the original brass pulls which I think pop now.  And that brass task lamp…swoon.  I just had to go in antique brass direction with the accessories and I love it.  I think the brass tones down the blue and makes this a more mature piece however it could certainly be used in a kid’s room all styled with legos and Star Wars figures.

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

I lightly distressed the lines of this piece just to give a subtle worn look.  Therefore the French enamel isn’t so “new” looking next to the slightly chipping grain sack.    Then finished it off with furniture wax and the tiniest bit of antiquing wax on the blue.french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

Like I said, I really came around to loving this one.  Sometimes a little bit of styling goes a long way.  Have you ever had that experience?

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

This chest is available for sale at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.

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