before and after :: antique green dresser

This dresser is the second milk paint piece from last week.  Don’t you LOVE the color?!
Yeah, me too.

It’s Tavern Green by the Old Fashioned Milk Paint company.  I added the bonding agent this time too for the same reason I listed here.

The glaze I used is the wiping stain from this tutorial.

As a general rule, I remove all back plates and scrap any mirrors that come with dressers.  They tend to date the furniture in a way I’m not looking for.  Taking them off is like an instant facelift for dressers.
(Yes, this means my garage is full of random mirrors.  Want one?)

This one’s also for sale!  Email me for pricing and shipping

29 Responses to before and after :: antique green dresser

  1. Helen 11/21/12 at 5:06 pm #

    Love it!!!

  2. Janna McCalley 11/21/12 at 5:10 pm #

    That color IS awesome!

  3. Amanda 11/21/12 at 5:26 pm #

    I am IN LOVE with this dresser!

  4. Allison 11/21/12 at 6:47 pm #

    Oh yes! Beautiful green and another beautiful dresser! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Alli 11/21/12 at 7:16 pm #

    It looks awesome! I’m picking up a dresser for violet today, I may have to pick your brain on some color choices for it!

  6. Cara Moran 11/21/12 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Natty, let me know how much. thanks -Cara

  7. sweet william vintage 11/21/12 at 7:58 pm #

    Love to see you expanding to milk paint finishes… can’t wait to try it once the weather gets cold here and I am forced inside. You do just as beautiful a job on the distressed finishes as on the glossy sleek ones!

  8. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door 11/21/12 at 9:45 pm #

    That color has got to be my new favorite! I’m in LOVE!!!

  9. Heidi Trejo 11/21/12 at 10:16 pm #

    I could fill my entire house with furniture you have redone!! Always so beautiful!!

  10. Restyled Vintage 11/21/12 at 11:43 pm #

    Yes I do love that colour, very much Natty. I also love the antiquing you’ve done with wax I am guessing.

    What I would do with the back boards etc you take off is add them to the top of a board and make a vintage style sign. I think that would be really cute and I would take them off your hands and do just that, except for the small matter of me being very far away in Australia!

    xx Karen

  11. Jen @ Bungalov 11/22/12 at 5:54 am #

    You’ve been a painting machine. I need to get to work myself. I don’t know how you do it! Happy t-day!!!

  12. Liz 11/22/12 at 2:06 pm #

    I love it!

  13. Kacey 11/24/12 at 4:42 am #

    Beautiful as always! :) Love that color.

  14. Ashli Herself 11/27/12 at 2:59 pm #

    This turned out gorgeous! Love the color :)

  15. Lori 11/28/12 at 11:48 pm #

    I love both the milk paint pieces you’ve done. I’ve just started playing with it, painting a dresser, but I’ve been using a foam roller instead of a brush (and you can see lines from the roller a bit, so I may switch…). Can I ask how many coats of paint you used? Thanks!

    • Natty by Design 11/29/12 at 12:47 am #

      I put on three coats. When you sand it down at the end, most of the lines should disappear.

    • Lori 11/30/12 at 2:30 am #


  16. Der Krempelmakler 11/29/12 at 5:45 am #

    Perfect – die Kommode gefällt mir

  17. michele 12/07/12 at 3:59 pm #

    love it. i have a beautiful bag this color, and now you have made me love it even more.

    hope you’ll have a moment to stop by, and i’m hosting a giveaway as well today:

    peace to you.


  18. Amy@BuffaloRoam 12/07/12 at 8:02 pm #

    Yes, yes I do love the color! Beautiful!!

  19. Jen Styles 12/07/12 at 8:43 pm #

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  20. Jen Styles 12/07/12 at 8:45 pm #

    Love the color! It looks much different than the swatch on the Old Fashioned Milk Paints website though (and I like how it turned out in your pic much better!) Did you do anything special when you mixed the paint? Thanks!

    • Pelhamhebert 05/16/13 at 7:20 am #

      Jen, I hope Natalie will respond as well. I bought Lexington Green after seeing this piece because I absolutely LOVE the color of this dresser. When my paint arrived and I mixed it up and painted it on a piece of furniture, the Lexington Green I received came out a deep Hunter/Forest green. Old Fashion carries another green called Tavern Green that looks (on the paint swatch) much more like Natalie’s dresser.

      Was this really Lexington Green, Natalie? Inquiring minds want to know, haha. Thanks!

      Pelham over at

  21. House Crazy in Michigan! 12/07/12 at 11:44 pm #

    Amazing color – amazing lines. YUM!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations



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