Thursday, July 16, 2015

Miss Mustard Seed Kitchen Scale

I belong to a few DIY/Furniture groups on the Facebook (I know it's just Facebook, but I like to say "the Facebook," because it makes me sound like I'm not exactly sure what it is, even though I'm on it pretty much once an hour because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, people!!) and it's funny what different folks are doing in different parts of the country. Lots of places are embracing the pastels (as in Miss Mustard Seed's European line, which I would LOVE to get my hands on...please tell me how to do that!) and neutrals are always a safe bet, and now there's even a movement away from painted furniture back to the natural wood, which will put a lot of people out of business, I can tell you that! (But I don't see the post-war mahogany making a comeback, so we'll still have to paint that stuff. As Christopher Lowell used to say: just because it's wood doesn't mean it's good!)

Well, here in Winston, aqua sells. All. Day. Long.

So here's a very nice chest of drawers in one of the best selling colors for our area, Miss Mustard Seed's Kitchen Scale.

The chest was in great shape, except for some weirdness with the hardware.  It had originally had different hardware (probably something simple) and someone had changed the knobs on the small drawers (which were teeny-tiny brass knobs that didn't cover the original "footprint") and you can easily see the "footprint" of a circle underneath the right hand side of the French Provincial handle in the 2nd photo.  I'm not sure why someone would choose French Provincial hardware for an Early American piece, but people do odd things.  I kept the French Provincial handles (which I may yet change out), but I had no choice on the knobs.  Luckily, DL had these faux tortoise knobs in his stash, and they fit perfectly.

I generally line the drawers with wrapping paper, if there are stains.  I used to sand them down, clean them up, and then coat them with paint or stain or whatever, but then I have to charge a lot more and folks here are not going to pay a lot of money for that.

Truthfully, while I love this color, I am a little tired of painting everything aqua.  If you paint furniture, what sells in your area?

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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it, kirby! the hardware looks perfect!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love the color Kirby and the hardware looks great too. Ha ha I agree some wood has to be painted so I do not think the chalk paint proprietors have anything to worry about plus we are a 5 minute attention span kind of society so I think painting furniture will always be the rage!!! Love the color your dresser is so pretty. Great Relove.

Paige said...

Aqua in turquoise sell the best for me in Western North Carolina

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Aqua is my new favorite color so I am not tired of it yet! This piece looks fabulous in it. I don't paint furniture but I am willing to take any of your aqua rejects here in Wayne County when you visit!!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Love that color! It's funny but all my painted stuff sells well -- no matter the color. Just sold a navy dresser and a greige desk... who knows?
xo Heidi

Andrea said...

Ooh, that's a keeper...and another one of those pieces that makes me want to garage sale half of my belongings and redecorate!

Bliss said...

I don't know what sells here because I think I have to keep every freaking thing I paint.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You know, I've never painted a turquoise piece. I love this though, with the wood showing through. DL's knobs are perfect.

Marie Blackburn said...

Hi Kirby, I just saw your beautiful aqua dresser again at the Talk Of The Town Party. Pinning to share! To answer your question, Aqua and Turquoise sell fairly good here in the Canadian Prairies but lately my black pieces are flying out the door.

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