This piece starts out like so many others of mine. I bought it over a year ago – possibly two – and it sat in my basement waiting for its makeover ever since! I know, I have to get better about that! I think especially with this piece, I loved the shape so much that it scared me. I didn’t have a vision for it right away and I feared that I’d mess it up and not do this gorgeous piece justice and then be disappointed in myself. Just keeping it real here, guys! Honestly, if I let a piece sit for too long, it gets to me. I start thinking it won’t be good enough, so I just let it sit there longer. I guess I let this piece sit for the exact right amount of time, though, because I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! A while back, when I first thought I’d redo this piece, my hubby stripped the cracked veneer top off with a heat gun. It just wasn’t something that could be repaired and still look good, so he peeled it off and it was nice and smooth after that. The shape of this piece is so pretty, other than the top being in bad shape (and us fixing it), it was a good, solid piece. And the wood was absolutely amazing! It had been sitting in a hot second floor of a shop when we found it and who knows where it was before that. But wherever it had been in life, it wore it’s heart on its sleeve! The wood had such a gorgeous texture to it from years of neglect…but in a good way! This is honestly my favorite kind of piece to work on. Unpainted wood that’s full of texture! I especially like to work with it with milk paint. It just has this amazing authentic look to it. And you don’t have to work hard at making it look that way. The texture of the wood combined with this amazing paint is the perfect pair! Just look at all that texture! Beautiful! The only downfall was that every time I put a coat of paint on, there was a ton of yellow bleed-through. Like, the whole body of the piece! It was a tad bit of a disaster. This is where the first little tidbit about technique comes in. So, to be honest, this color isn’t actually Layla’s Mint. I started out with LM, but the wood was turning it so green/yellow that it wasn’t looking like the right color at all! I tried another coat of it and it did the same thing. Now, if you’re ever in this situation, you have a couple options. One would be to have sealed the piece in the first place, before painting. I didn’t do any test spots (I never do!) before getting started, so I didn’t know the bleed-through would happen until it did. This kind of bleed-through doesn’t happen that often, so this wouldn’t be my first suggestion because, honestly, it could be a waste of time. You never know! Another option would be to seal the piece once you’ve found the issue. This is probably the best option because you already know there’s an issue, so you’re not wasting your time by sealing it. I would recommend shellac to seal that bleed-through in. You can use spray or brush-on. It goes on really easily and then you can move on. This will give your next coat of paint a barrier from the yellow and in turn come out the correct color in subsequent coats. It helps if you have time for that option, though, because it does take an extra couple of hours to apply the shellac and then let it dry before painting over it. I unfortunately, did not have a couple hours to spare the day I was painting this dresser, so I went with option 3, which is custom mixing a color to combat the yellow and bring out the color you were actually expecting in the first place. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this option to everyone, but it worked for me and I’m really happy with how it turned out! I ended up adding a bit of blue and possibly some white (I can’t remember now) to my Layla’s Mint mixture and when it went on over the yellow bleed-through, it was perfectly Layla’s Mint once again! If you’re thinking of going with this option, keep these things in mind. First, have a sample on hand (which I did have, thankfully) of the actual color you’re going for. I painted LM on a piece of scrap pine trim before painting anything else, so I had something to compare it to. I like to keep samples of the colors I use to help me choose colors for each project, so I’ll have them all on hand for this purpose, too. Second, have lots of other colors on hand, be knowledgable about what undertones they have in them, and know what will combat whatever color you’re working against. This just takes practice and knowledge of the color wheel. I added a blue that didn’t have much (or any) green in it, since blue is kind of across from yellow on the color wheel. And then I kind of just mixed in what I wanted until it looked like it would work. I know that sounds like I’m oversimplifying it, but once I got the color mixed up, I was confident it would work. And it did! I think it just comes with practice and determination…and knowledge of your colors! Once the body was done, I had to decide what to do with the top. I was thinking of leaving it bare, but it just didn’t look right anymore, so I did a wash (more water, less paint) of Ironstone (also MMSMP) in one direction (side to side). Then I let it dry for about 10 min, lightly sanded, and then did a wash moving my brush front to back and sanded again once it was dry. Changing directions helps the paint not look streaky since it is just a wash and not a full, opaque coat. It was a bit too stark for me with the bright white, so I sealed the top with antiquing wax. It gave it the perfect finish and toned down the brightness just enough! (PS – check out this cool lamp my hubby made! Let me just say, polishing galvanized pipe is not for the faint of heart!) Can you even stand how gorgeous that top is? I love that you can still see the wood grain peeking through, but it has a softer feel to it. So, that’s your second technique tip. Want an accent top without losing the wood grain? Just do a wash! It’s the perfect mix! My hubby and I love this piece so much, we really wanted to keep it, but we just don’t have a spot for it. I brought it to the flea market and lots of people loved it, but it didn’t sell. It’s now in my booth at Painted Farmgirl and if it doesn’t sell soon, I might have to kidnap it and bring it back home with me! There’s got to be a place for it somewhere in my house, right?!