Better After reader Julie is a daredevil. She lives on the edge. When she decided to use milk paint on this makeover, she opted out of the bonding agent that adheres the paint to the furniture (*gasp!*), and decided to just let the chips fall (off) where they may.
And fall off they certainly did, for a certifiably chippy look that I really love here. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, sure; she even had to convince her husband that it was SUPPOSED to look like that. But guess what? He eventually decided he loved them too and wouldn’t let her sell them as she had originally planned. Score one for the chippy team!
And here’s another deeply distressed look from Pelham at Renewals by Pelham Hebert Designs. The original looks pretty good, in fact, I accidentally deleted it from my “before” files, because I thought it was in there by mistake. But according to Pelham, it was actually a horridly horrible paint job up close, all sloppy and drippy – and when he went to remove it, he discovered FIVE layers of paint underneath. So, right then and there he decided not to fight history and instead let the dresser proudly tell her long story. LOVE.