How Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Saved A Damaged Dresser - Major Hoff Takes A Wife

How Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Saved A Damaged Dresser

Damaged Dresser saved with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
I love a good makeover, don’t you? There is something so refreshing about taking something old, worn, scarred, beaten and broken and giving it a new life. This little dresser with 3 drawers came to me in bad shape. Missing some original hardware, lots of veneer that was chipping, and stains galore. Oh, and it was dirty and smelly. But with a little bit of love, a lot of elbow grease, a helping of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Linen, and this piece has a new lease on life.

Damaged dresser before milk paint
The dresser has a broken foot in the front. I looked and looked and couldn’t find another match. I finally admitted defeat and decided to embrace the flaw. Because I’m sure there is a story behind the broken foot. The missing hardware was easy to find on Ebay, but not so easy on my wallet. See the shine from who knows what? Ewww. It had some weird nastiness going on.
Drink stains on dresser top
I had considered sanding down the top and leaving it a beautiful wood top. But these stains were stubborn. And I decided paint would probably cover more flaws.
Top damage and grime on dresser before paint

Here you can see close ups of the stains, gauges, grime and who knows what else. The dresser has seen better days before for sure.
Linen Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint on dresser
It’s hard to take pictures indoors. Capturing the color and details in my hallway where this dresser now resides is tricky. Please forgive my photography faults.
Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint first bubble
I love the magic of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. This is after the second coat. You can see the “magic” starting to happen. I get a little thrill when I see that crackling. It’s working!
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint after flaking
This is the same area after I used a scraper to take off the crackling bits. So vintage looking, eh?
MAGIC peeps. Pure Magic!
Tennessee Furniture company with MMSMP
The dresser had a beautiful curve down at the bottom that I adore.
Rescued dresser with MMSMP
Right now it’s in the hall, but it may find it’s way into my master bedroom.
Miss Mustard Seed Linen
Since I couldn’t bite the bullet on the pulls from ebay ($17 each!), I settled for these from Hobby Lobby.
MMSMP in linen on dresser
The Linen color is perfect. I know people complain about how everyone uses white, but let’s be honest—that is where Shabby Chic started.
3 drawer dresser in Linen
and Classic is classic. You can’t go wrong.
Rescued dresser used for organizing
If you noticed, off to the left, in the other hallway, my kids have power cords and dirty laundry on the floor (you know, right next to the hamper).
We can always use more organization, so that is what the new dresser is doing for us now.
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I lined the drawers with this awesome liner that I found on I love that they have so many fun designs. Nothing boring or standard!
Check out the fun chevron pattern! (I might have bought that one too!)

The top drawer is a catch all, the middle is for wrapping paper, bags, tissue paper and bows. The bottom drawer—that’s for sports equipment/clothes that my older boys have grown out of, but the little boys haven’t grown into yet. So what do you think?
Here are some other fun furniture redo’s I’ve done in the past:
Home made chalk paint dresser
Ballard Designs Casa Florentina Genoa Arm Chair Knockoff
Miss Mustard Seed Luckett s Green on Antique Dresser
Miss Mustard Seed Luckett’s Green custom mix on an antique dresser
Modge podge gives new life to little cabinet
Jelly Jar Cabinet Redo with chalk paint and scrapbook paper
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  1. This makeover is gorgeous! I took her class at SNAP, but I haven't had the courage to get started. This is very motivating. I LOVE how it turned out!

    1. Gretchen, it really is great. In Texas, in the summer I can't really paint in the heat. I can use this in the house though. It's a very unique look that I love! You can do it! The class is very helpful. She has a ton of youtube videos too!

  2. this turned out great!!! I obviously don't know enough about her paint. I'm off to read up on it now!

    1. Check out her blog and her videos. They are great! Love the paint!

  3. I have a dresser that I need to tackle -- you make me think I might be able to do it! Yay!

    1. It is really easy. And hey, if it doesn't work out--just paint over it. You can add a bonding agent to her paint too if you don't want it to chip :)

  4. Love the new white redo and really LOVE the green custom paint. Working with Miss Mustard Seed paint is such fun.

    1. Thanks Tracey! It really is a lot of fun. The green was just so unique ya know :)

  5. This turned out SO nice!! Love it!!

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    1. Thanks! I love her wax that I top coated it with. The smell is divine!

  7. Wow. You really did give it new life. I love the finish!

    1. Thanks @inkhappi~ It is nice to see it be useful and pretty again! Thanks so much for your kind words~


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