Whitewashed Eastlake Dresser With Mirror

Sep 30, 2020 | Antiques, Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint, White Wax | 0 comments

Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax Makes It Super Easy To Whitewash!

Whitewashing is a super fun technique that can be achieved in a variety of ways. One of the easiest I have found is to use White Wax by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

White Wax by Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
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It was the perfect design choice for this gorgeous Eastlake style dresser with mirror and glove boxes.

Whitewashed Eastlake style dresser with glove boxes and mirror using Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax

Applying White Wax

Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax is very easy to apply over raw wood to achieve a whitewashed look. Simply rub on with a microfiber cloth or a wax brush (my favorite technique).

Wiping on White Wax

Then, buff away the excess with a lint-free cloth. I like using these Rags in a Box that you can get from the paint aisle in your hardware store or on Amazon.

These cloths are lint-free and make short work of wiping away stain, wax, etc.

The results are stunning!

When you use this technique, White Wax will settle into any recessed areas and low points on your piece, creating a gorgeous effect.

Spoon carvings on mirror of Eastlake dresser whitewashed with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Eastlake Features With New Additions

This whitewashed dresser and mirror are quintessentially Victorian Eastlake. The boxy shape softened by spoon carved details are trademark characteristics of pieces from this era. The glove boxes on top are an added bonus and offer more storage for smaller treasures.

With that said, this piece came without the original hardware. Instead, it had French Provincial style handles, which don’t match this type of furniture.

When it came to swapping out the hardware, I opted for these depression-era glass knobs and handles.

Depression era glass handles from DLawless Hardware
Depression era glass knob from DLawless Hardware

I know these aren’t the same era either, but they soften the piece and play well with the whitewashed look.

One of my least favorite aspects of this dresser is the red marble insert in the middle.

Red marble insert on Eastlake dresser with mirror

It’s a touch you definitely don’t see on newer styles of furniture, but I wish the color was white instead of red. It’s easy for the new owner to remove though and could quickly be swapped out with another stone option.

Miss Morgan’s Milkweed Antique & Artisan Show 2020

This Eastlake dresser with mirror is getting packed up today and will be heading up to Lebanon, Pennsylvania this weekend for Miss Morgan’s Milkweed Antique & Artisan Show for 2020. I participated in this event last year and was so happy to have been invited back to share my love of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint again.

Perhaps I’ll have to demonstrate how easy it is to whitewash with White Wax while I’m there!

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