Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pretty from the start

I found this beauty on Craigslist and was thrilled! To begin with I love serpentine furniture, and then to get it for such a good price too, score!  I know it's beautiful the way it is but if you could see it better you would see that there is lacquer dribbles all over it.  So guess what kind of paint I''m going to use.  Yip, chalk paint !

Picking the color for this piece was easy because I saw a beautiful buffet on Pinterest (of course) and I loved the color of it.  You can look at the buffet over at Paint In My Hair.  She does wonderful work.  The colors she used were ASCP graphite with a little french linen added to that.  I didn't have any french linen so I looked at another one of my favorite blogs, Altards, and Mandie has a conversion chart from chalk paint to latex.  Thanks so much Mandie for going to all that work.

ASCP graphite is really close in color to SW Tricorn.  French Linen is really close in color to SW Intellectual Gray.  I haven't used Sherwin Williams paint before but l really like it.  I love the sample quart size for six dollars!  Also I love that it has a screw on lid.  I mixed these colors 3 to 1 and then added my plaster of paris chalk paint recipe.  I loved how the color turned out.  I then used AS dark wax, the picture above shows the before and after using the wax.

 Usually I don't use wax because it's so much extra work compared to using poly.  I like to use wipe on poly acrylic or even spray on.  But I wanted the darkened look the wax gives it, and the sheen that you get with wax.  I took the hardware off and sprayed it Oil Bronzed, and that gave it the boost it needed.  

Here she is all done, it was so much fun doing this dresser, I guess because I knew the color was going to be beautiful from the start.  I didn't want to have to wait for an order of french linen to come, so this was the next best thing.  Hope you like it


The basket was given to me by my hubby so that when I needed to carry paint etc. from one place to another I would have something to pack it in.  I use the basket all the time for my supplies, I love it.

The drawers can be pushed in all the way like the bottom picture or even with the dresser like the above picture.  I like them even with the dresser the most and all my kids like it best like the bottom picture.  Which way do you like it?


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  1. Hi Sandi!

    This is fabulous... love the color and the worn areas peeking through.

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  2. Fabulous! Love the transformation.

  3. Visiting from MMS - I love this dresser - beautiful transformation -
    I just redid a Subway Art dresser with homemade chalk paint as well.
    Your newest follower - would love to have you follow back!

  4. What a beautiful dresser, the shape is wonderful and you made it perfect!

    Tanya :)

  5. You are right - it was pretty from the start all right!
    Love what you did - just beautiful!
    I would love if you came by my party to link this up - would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. Wow, that looks amazing! I love the color and distressing. Gorgeous!!

  7. Love the dresser. I have painted some things with the graphite too and really like it. I just joined your blog and hope you will stop by mine and join me to read about my life as a farm girl and more.

  8. Very sweet! I love the way you softened the graphite by adding french linen. This is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. Would love for you to post it at my link party...

  9. Your dresser turned out beautifully! The color is really sharp. I love all the paint tips that you gave too. ~ Jamie

  10. great color! I like the drawers pushed in. :)


  11. Just gorgeous! Nice job!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. I love this dresser! Please come and share it on my linky party!
    Marcie @