Monday, August 12, 2013

Empire in Peacock

I picked up this cool empire style dresser in tiger oak and it sat around until I figured out what
to do with it. It barely hits me at my hip. Were people super small 100 years ago or what??
This is a perfect piece for a little person. 
 The wood wasn't in the best condition and I ended up replacing one of the drawer bottoms. Plus, the top is not solid. It's a veneer tiger oak. (Did you know that tiger oak and quarter-sawn is the same?)
Anyhoo, Since it's so low, I thought about doing a cool peacock mosaic on top. I must have a 
bazillion mosaic tiles in every color. 
I used two of my favorite colors of milk paint; peacock and the wonderful turquoise color (labeled as cobalt) from the Real Milk Paint Co. 
I am partial to their paint because it mixes so easily and the colors are beautiful. 
I've tried another make, and I found it to clump way too much. 
I layered on the turquoise first and then painted over that with the peacock. 
Sanding just melds them all together.  And of course the tung-oil just makes the colors

Look at how the beautiful the "tiger" shows through! 

Here's a cool close-up of the detail in the corner. I love how milk paint accents the wood.

I thought about replacing the knobs but just painted the originals instead. 
Obviously the far right is the finished one! Tung-oil makes it shine!

Had to stage it with my peacock photograph!

Linking up at my fave parties!! :
Kammys Korner - Trash to Treasure Tuesdays
Domestically Speaking - The Power of Paint Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage - Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustardseed - Furniture Feature Friday
Homespun Happenings - Rustic Restorations Weekend
Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Night Special
1929 Charmer - Sunday's Best Party
Knick of Time Interiors - Knick of Time Tuesday
Between Naps on the Porch
                                                   The Dedicated House,-Mon


  1. That piece is stunning! No further improvement necessary, although I am sure I would love it either way.

  2. Look at the bottom and see if there are markings showing the locations of original casters. Or marks from sawing off the bottoms of the legs.
    While it's a little too shabby for my tastes, I do like your choice of colors.
    About 50 years ago, we were stripping paint off woods like this tiger oak. How much times change and how much they stay the same, cycling in and out. It's what makes life interesting, for sure. And that piece would make any room interesting and brighter for being in it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. I would keep it as is and not do the mosaic - I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing. I am pinning.


  4. Just the right colors! Looks great!

  5. Hi Beth,

    I love your little dresser! I also like The Real Milk Paint Co. but I haven't used these colors. You are my feature this week on Transformation Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  6. Wow! What a great transformation. That color is to die for. Thanx for sharing at THT!

  7. Found you on Creative Bloggers Party and am following! This piece is absolutely stunning. I hope you decide to leave it as is and not do the mosaic.

    1. I have decided to leave as is and sell it. Thanks for the comment!

  8. Beth I just came across this gorgeous makeover on Pinterest! I am in love with your color choices! xoxo Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds