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?