August 25, 2012

Dresser Make Over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

After taking a break from painting furniture for a bit....(my father's health has not been good and I have been spending time with him each day....) I decided to pull this beauty out of the garage and get to work..and it feels great!!



While her bones are good--there are some rough spots as you can see above...Cons--a HUGE deep gouge in the top drawer and a pretty rough top.....and it has veneer covering the drawers....I am not sure why but painting veneer always makes me nervous...Pros--great detail that will look really stand out once distressed and those legs...I LOVE vintage turned legs on a dresser and another huge pro someone really put some effort forth on straightening and repairing the drawers--once again GREAT BONES!


I ALWAYS remove all the drawers and inspect them -if you are refurbishing a piece for resale your customers are going to do this so you need to be certain you KNOW your piece....Inspect the bottom runners if your drawer has them and if not the runners will be on the dresser frame-most drawer problems I have found can be easily fixed by tightening/straightening the runners on the bottom of the drawer and or frame......once it is fixed run a piece of soap along them or a candle to help the drawer pull a bit smoother.



Repair work.....I always use Gorilla Glue and clamps to tighten up loose pieces and Elmers Wood Filler to fill holes and repair small gouges...Sand your wood filler once dry and reapply until smooth.......



  I usually use an air compressor to blow out the entire piece-or a shop vac to clean it out.....you must remove all the dirt and dust prior painting....I wipe the piece down with TSP Cleaner before I start painting.....once dry I always tape off the sides of the drawers to avoid any over paint on the sides.....








Finally....

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint OLD WHITE for this piece--Once the entire piece was painted (and dried over night) I followed up by using a light wax mixed with Annie Sloan PARIS GREY.....This was the FIRST time I mixed the wax and paint and I really like the look it gave the piece...very subtle....but noticeable...you will be able to notice in the finished pictures below...


I mixed the wax and paint and lightly applied it to the piece......using my wax brush to work in the grooves...
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Then I  distressed with a 200 grit sand paper along the trim and some of the main dresser areas --and LIGHTLY went over some of the areas with a dark wax......then dry brushed the hardware with Annie Sloan Old White....I used a bit of stain along the trim pieces that outline the drawers to add some depth.....



34 comments:

  1. Looks great Chris! Hope your Dad is doing better.

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  2. Very pretty. Thanks for the tip mixing the wax. Must give it a try.
    Anne

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    1. Anne-try the wax trip it really changes the look of your painted piece...thanks for commenting...

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  3. Love it, I would have never thought to mix wax and paint, I am going to give this a try, thanks :)

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  4. Love this dresser! Mixing the paint and wax seems to work really well! I have a couple of ASCP books...I've glanced at them. I need to read and re-read them. I really struggle with paint techniques.

    super job Chris!
    gail

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  5. thank looking for suggestion and I have two chairs..that I can't seem to get right...do you every have something that you can not get your vision to work....I think one is using CoCo and old white and a little country grey on some chairs...andthe change is subtle...is not like if you use more color...I ran out of my dark wax and it is a 1 hour drive one way...so looking can I paint over wax .....thinking of using the clear wax with paint not...thank you new follower

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    1. kathyrn-i sent you an e-mail..can't wait to see pics of the chairs!
      chris

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  6. I love this piece and the color is perfect! I'm pinning this too : )

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  7. What a beautiful makeover...love the colors you chose!

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  8. it looks so swedish! love it!

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  9. Chris, this piece is spectacular. I love it!!! The way you highlighted all the details are incredible, really lovely. I appreciate how you explained each of the steps you took. I plan to try your technique. Thank you. Carol

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  10. This is just a stunning makeover - absolutely in love with it - gorgeous details!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  11. Beautiful! Great transformation. I'd love for you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it would be a great addition! Hope you can join!
    Leslie

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  12. Great job! Congratulations on this beautiful piece! Thanks, Angela @ Mrs. White Twig and Tea

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  13. Beautiful piece. I never thought to mix the wax and paint together. Clever!

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  14. Such a beautiful piece. I love how you redid it.

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  15. Oh my goodness...love your piece! I mix the dark and clear wax together all the time but I have yet to try mixing paint with the wax. I'm working on a piece right now that might be the perfect time to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing! Hopped over from My Monday Muse and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy

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  16. What a fabulous piece!! Thanx for sharing on my FB page! You should join us for Treasure Hunt Thursday over at the blog.

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  17. Love how this dresser turned out! And I love how you mixed paint with wax...not too many people are using this technique. Very well done! Thanks for linking up to My Monday Muse!

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  18. omg! this is Fantastic!! Iv'e never tried mixing wax w/ paint but now im gonna!!

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  21. This is just SO beautiful! I love how it looks next to the white couch and wall. The gray in the wax really does make a difference!

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  22. Your dresser turned out gorgeous! The layering you did is spot on perfect!! LOVE it!!

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  29. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Do you mind sharing the ratio of paint to clear wax that you used? Also when you say you stained it do you mean with an actual stain or the Annie Sloan dark wax?

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..thanks for taking the time to comment.....I appreciate your feedback....
chris