I usually swear off custom work like the plague. It makes me so stinkin’ nervous to paint something that belongs to someone else. If I paint something that I find or buy, then if the person doesn’t like the job that I did, they don’t have to buy it. When it’s a piece that belongs to someone else, it freaks me out.
But, I did take on my second custom piece recently, at the request of a good friend. She just got engaged and bought a house with her fiancee, and I wanted to do something nice for her to celebrate these big moments in her life, so I agreed. (The last time I did a custom piece was for another friend who was having a baby. So, it takes a lot for me to do this yall.) But, I’m growing to like it more! I think I’d still stick with working with just friends, and pieces that aren’t like family heirlooms or anything (too much pressure!), but maybe it’s not an automatic NO anymore.
One thing that has definitely helped my confidence in my work is work is discovering General Finishes Milk Paint. (I am now a paying customer, not reviewing free samples.) Their product just goes on really flawlessly and makes it easy to achieve a high quality finish. (One thing I will say is that painting something white is a b**** no matter what paint you use. It’s going to take 5 coats regardless, so I’ll probably stick with less expensive paint for white projects from now on. GF Milk Paint is reasonably priced for it’s great quality, but when anything white is going to be a paint sucker anyway, I’ll probably downgrade a bit to save some money. Other colors, though- GF gets it done with one coat!)
Back to the dresser. I surprised her with new drawer pulls to match her new bling! I got a GREAT deal on these on Amazon. They are huge and SUPER DUPER sparkly. The photos really don’t do it justice.
Here are the before and afters:
The white is Antique White by General Finishes. The gray is a mix of the Antique White and Driftwood, also by General Finishes. I lightly distressed it and topped in off with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.
If this dresser didn’t already belong to my friend, I wouldn’t have let it go. 🙂 I really did love the way that it turned out! I don’t think the photos quite capture how pretty the colors and the pulls are. And I am so bad at photographing indoors, especially in the winter when it’s always dark. Maybe by the time I figure it out, it will be summer again! 🙂