meet Carolina

I would use the old saying “when it rains, it pours”… but I feel like that has a negative connotation that I really don’t mean. Things have been so crazy around here, but in a good way. I honestly don’t remember a time that I have been this busy in nearly all aspects of my life. But its all good stuff…and I’m certainly not complaining.

I knew going into the month of June that I was going to be busy wrapping up the boys’ school year activities, basketball tournaments, travel plans, and several out of town guests coming to visit. I’m also completely booked with custom jobs in June, so I worked like crazy getting my shop stocked and ready to be neglected for a few weeks.

Whew! It was stocked and looking good and I could finally breathe a bit and focus on all of the other things I had going on.

Well that was the plan…

Then last weekend I sold about half of my inventory, and I was in Portland at a basketball tournament.

It’s that moment of “woohoo!!” followed by the “wait…oh crap!”

Luckily, it was REALLY full before I left and when I scrambled in there Monday morning and did a little rearranging….it didn’t look too bad. But I needed to get to work and at least finish one additional piece (I really should do two)  before I head back out of town.

I knew just the victim…

Carolina before

This dresser has been moved around my garage over and over,  and it just kept getting passed over for other projects. I’m not sure why…I liked it right from the start. But sometimes when I don’t have a plan for particular piece right away, it can sit awhile as I change my mind five or six times about how I want to paint it.

Well, tonight was the night (and my only free night) to get it done, and I decided to try something new.

I’ve used milk paint a few times before, and I nearly always use chalk paint…but I’ve never used the two in combination together.

Why not?

I first sanded the top to prepare it for a new darker stain. The curvy wood top was just too pretty and I knew staining it a dark walnut would look beautiful.

Next I painted the rest of the dresser in one of my favorite chalk paint colors…French Linen by Annie Sloan.

Carolina sanded

I’ve done this combination in all chalk paint before…but I really wanted to try something different. So I decided to paint the drawers in Ironstone by Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint.

Carolina milkpaint

Carolina drawers

I really like using milk paint. I don’t use it often enough…and have to admit I have never tried it with the bonding agent. It’s the chippy-look that I’m going for when I decide to use it over chalk paint. The hardest part for me is not being able to control the level of chipping… (insert control freak here)

And those drawers did some chipping…

Here she is… Carolina. She’s a little flakey, but I think that is what makes her even more special. 🙂

carolina side

I apologize about the quality of the photos…it was dark by the time I was finished and the shadows from the recessed lights are terrible inside. But time was of the essence as Carolina will be loaded up and headed to the shop in the morning.

Carolina side after


Carolina After

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