Before and Afters | Maine Country Home

We have some truly stunning transformations to share with you today. It’s simply amazing what you can do with a little paint and a little time.

The first redo comes to us from Abbie. She had a plain, boring, blah laminate dresser that was certainly functional but lacked personality. To put it in her words, “This was my first Chalk Paint project in our cabin…which came furnished with a lot of functional but not so attractive furniture.  In fact most of it has some form of laminate that I really wanted to hide.”

wood dresser

Hide it she did. Some Old Ochre Chalk Paint, Clear and then Dark Soft Wax made a world of difference. From dorm room to cottage chic in no time at all! Changing the hardware also made a big difference.

old ochre chalk paint

The next upcycle comes from Becky. She had an old spice shelf from her mother that was handmade, and had been refinished at least once in its lifetime. Unfortunately we were so excited to cover up the orangy-yellow wood that we forgot to take a before picture. Sorry! Just use your imagination, and picture a giant hole on the back that must have been where it used to be hung from. Much like in the great cover up, we used some Efex moldings to hide that imperfection and add some cute detail to an otherwise plain shelf.

country spice shelf

This little shelf is now modern country fabulous in Flow Blue and Linen Milk Paint and three little R69 flower rosettes. She did a great job distressing the shelf to give it that aged look. Strangely there was no chipping, we thought for sure it would! Oh well, just goes to show that you have to sit back and relax when working with Milk Paint.

flow blue milk paint

The body of the piece is finished with Furniture Wax, but the drawers have Antiquing Wax to keep with the aged look. The contrast is really cool.

country furniture

The knobs are original, but we think the cast iron fleur-de-lis ones would have looked so darn cute.

What do you think of these two transformations? Would you use any of these colors on projects in your own home?

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