I purchased this bedroom set which was dated probably from the 1930's. It was in very good condition for its age. I wanted a "chippy" look so I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in "Linen". It is a little off-white and knew it would look great with my bedding. The blanket was crocheted by my mom many years ago and am always amazed at the workmanship. There are hand-made pom-poms along three sides of the blanket. The rest of the linens are all odds and ends in different shades of white, but it all works together because there is texture. That is the secret to mixing pure white's and off white's. You have to add texture.
Because you cannot be sure with milk paint whether it will chip or not, I added some Vaseline to some of the contours of the furniture to resist the milk paint. This assures me that even if the chipping does not happen, it will chip where the vaseline was applied.
The thing with milk paint is even though two pieces of furniture originate from the same set, they do not always chip to the same degree. On this set, the highboy had a lot less chipping compared to the women's dresser. So something you have to keep in mind when painting a set with milk paint and if you plan on selling it back as a set.
So I mixed up the milk paint powder and applied two coats of the mixed milk paint and let it dry overnight. I had lots of chipping on the women's dresser, but hardly any on the highboy. I then vacuumed up all the loose paint chips and waxed the two dressers and bed with two coats of clear wax. I wanted more of an aged patina so I also applied some antiquing wax mainly on the frames and perimeters of the pieces and blended it inwards.
You can see how the shading is very subtle.
I also added some wood appliqués to the women's dresser and to the headboard just for a little more detail.
Here is a "Before".
The two dressers have sold. The headboard is still available if anyone locally is interested. If it does not sell, I may (actually my husband) turn it into a bench. Something I have been wanting to try and do.
Can't believe September is already here. I feel the need to hang on to summer just a little longer! Have a great day.