The fireplace in our house at one point had a fire downdraft.
It charred the inside of the fireplace as well as the decorative wood beam at the mouth of the fireplace.
One day, when I was cleaning up around the fireplace, I had the thought that Miss Mustard Seed’s Typewriter Milk Paint is a dead ringer for soot.
I’m not sure why my mind constantly weaves crazy winding webs, but while I was on the track of comparing Typewriter to soot, my mind then jumped to comparing Typewriter to the deep dark waxy looking background of many vintage floral oil paintings.
I knew then that I was going to recreate a vintage oil painting on a dresser.
The only basic requirement was that the dresser needed to have a flat front.
Thankfully, we were given a dresser a few weeks prior that would work perfectly.
First, I printed out a picture of the floral oil painting I fell in love with when I created our kitchen design board.
We swapped the original dresser hardware for inexpensive wood knobs and after painting the dresser with 2 coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter I projected the image onto the dresser.
I penciled out the form of the original painting and then mixed up some colors with basic acrylic craft paint. I painted as I mixed, only swapping out or fully cleaning my brushes between the vase, petals, leaves, and flower centers. I liked the varied colors and textures that came about by dipping my brush in different colors while leaving the last stroke’s color underneath.
I sealed the piece with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly. It gave it a truly authentic “oil painting” luster. The milk paint chipped to perfection only adding to the vintage feel of this piece.