Arabesque – A Pretty Milk Paint Makeover

What would you do?

As for me, I couldn’t pass up these lovely silky oak antique drawers when I saw them at only $5 each.Arabesque drawers 16As you can see, I’ve given them a light sanding. Looks like the finish was probably shellac. They were a perfect project for my first look at the new European Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colour, Arabesque.Arabesque drawers 15

And I was right! Just perfect! I painted the interior of the drawers with another of the newer Euro colours – Marzipan. I love the creamy beige tone that pairs perfectly with the Arabesque colour.

For this project I gave two coats of each of the MMSMP colours, and used MMSMP Furniture Wax to seal and buff for a lovely finish.Arabesque drawers 13I added lovely crystal glass knobs to each drawer.

Check out my mum’s beautiful roses from her garden. When she brought them around on her work day with me, I knew I had to include them in this little photo shoot!Arabesque drawers 3And can you believe this glass conical vase was only $4 at KMart?

And those are my very own vintage pointe shoes from my ballet days …Arabesque drawers 1

Here’s a closer look at the Marzipan colour inside the drawers, and another quick and easy project I made using an old frame:

Painted with Arabesque, and distressed for a chippy look, I sealed with MMSMP Tough Coat Sealer to prevent any further chipping.

I then printed a silhouette of ballet pointe shoes onto a vintage dictionary page (A5 size).

Arabesque drawers 2I then played around with different possible arrangements for the drawers …

Side by side on a large desk for organisational purposes:Arabesque drawers 12Stacked on top of each other – but this doesn’t seem so practical:Arabesque drawers 6Arabesque drawers 7Probably my favourite combo here:Arabesque drawers 8Although I’m imagining these hung on a wall like shelves in a girl’s room …Arabesque drawers 9Great space for storing books and other special things!Arabesque drawers 11These pretty drawers and frame will be available on my ebay store for pick up in the Brisbane/Logan area.

If you’d like to learn more about using the all natural, primitive style Milk Paint, you’ll find lots of places on our website to help you. Tutorials, Youtube channel, info on our product pages, etc.

Or you can book into one of our workshops if you are in the Brisbane area (we are located south of Brisbane, in Logan, QLD).

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Be inspired!


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