Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dresser Play-by-Play

Chalk paint: O, how I love thee....let me count the ways....

Let me tell you about my prep work:


That's it...that's being banished to the garage in the 100 degree summer heat. Just wipe it down to get the dust off and get to the fun part! I use my trusty Purdy brush and go to town indoors because the stuff doesn't smell.

Mr. Wooly happened to be working at the kitchen table and looked up after about 20 minutes and said "You know, I don't know much about paint (**ahem** nor do I care to), but I can't believe how well that stuff covers and it doesn't stink" It took me 45 minutes to 1 hour to paint the entire chest shell and drawer faces.

One coat Paris Gray
Details Old White
Apply a thin, very thin coat of Hannant's Clear Wax
distress the edges with a sanding block
wipe down with baby wipes again
Apply dark wax sparingly, keep some wipes handy to wipe away if you get it too dark
 Fiddes & Sons Jacobean wax adds the Double D factor: Dirty and Depth. Use sparingly in corners, on edges. Pretty much anywhere I would normally use a wipe-off type glaze, apply the dirty wax. A great tip from Shaunna's wax video tutorial is to dip your brush in the wax and then wipe your brush off. This is where I have made mistakes in the past. A little goes a looooong way with the Jacobean color. It's basically ink black in the can. Here is a picture of the dresser, top part with the dirty wax treatment, bottom part just painted with clear wax


See how the bottom looks great but just a little flat. Like it's been freshly painted but doesn't have that extra umph. The top has a little more depth to it. A close up of top/bottom difference:


Mmmm....dirty wax is good

The hardest and most time consuming part of this whole project was cleaning those crazy tarnished brass hardware fixtures. Man ALIVE! I wanted to scream. It took way too long. I researched how to do it online. First I determined that the hardware was brass and not brass-plated. If a magnet sticks = brass plated, no magnet sticky = brass. There is a difference in cleaning methods.

First I washed them all in warm soapy water, as suggested by The Internet. Ha! That did nothing for me. Then I tried a concotion of 2 tblsp lemon juice + 2 tblsp white vinegar + enough baking soda to make a paste and scrubbed them with a toothbrush. A little better. I finally caved and bought some Brasso and that helped. After a lot of polishing I washed and scrubbed with soap and water again and they did come out much better. But for 12 drawer pulls that was a lot of work!



slommler said...

Oh that dresser looks fabulous! Love that dirty wax effect!! Very cool!
And those brass fixtures...oh my!! Now that's a lot of work!

Kelsey said...

OH MY STINKIN GOSH I am IN LOVE!!! New follower here and you did such an amazing job on that dresser! I have yet to use chalk paint OR wax...I've always been a poly coat girl but hate how it yellows over white. Wax doesn't do that I hear so I need to give it a shot!! Thanks for the inspiration and all the gorgeous eye candy! :)

Miss Kitty said...

Yes, that can of dark wax of mine is going to last a loooong time 'cause I will never use as much as I did on the Old White dresser I am still working on. I was able to thin out the dark wax a good bit with the clear wax but I'm going to need to sand it some to lighten it up enough.

outjunking said...

O.k. You've sold me on the chalk paint. I have this same outfit you do. I have wanted to paint it for years but I knew the sanding, priming, the brush strokes showing through well I'm tire just thinking about it. I will wait till fall when the boys go back to college and buy some chalk paint...

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I'm about to paint my first french provincial piece and appreciate the information, especially about the handles. Thanks, it's just lovely.

KiminFL said...

Trust me. I am not any kind of expert on paint, crafting, decorating or anything of the sort. I work in college football - but chalk paint is the GREATEST! I bought some a out six weeks ago, and haven't stopped painting anything and EVERYTHING with it. I even painted the hideous brown/white tile FLOOR in my foyer!

I have a dresser almost exactly like this one, and just haven't been sure how I wanted to paint it.... So thank you for the inspiration! I'll be getting started on it shortly :)

Maltoo said...

Just bought this same piece today and going to paint it, making my own chalk paint and keeping my fingers crossed it will turn out as beautiful as yours!

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