Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Whimsical Makeover: The Graphite Dresser

Summer is officially in full swing in the Whimsical household. I am ready to tackle some projects and paint some furniture. It is raining outside today so I thought it would be a good day to finish and photograph my newest piece. 

I purchased this dresser at the Flea Market this weekend. The exterior was a little beat up but the drawers are in great condition. It just needed a bit of cosmetic love.


For some reason, I am drawn to darker colors right now. I know, I know... it is summer. I should be seeing oranges and greens. Nope! I am craving ASCP Graphite. 

I wanted this piece to be rustic and worn. I think I achieved the look I was going for.


I used 1 coat of Graphite and sanded a good amount of it away. 





Then, I covered it ASCP Dark Wax. I thinned it down a bit with mineral spirits for easier application.



Then I applied Liberon Gilt Cream to highlight the details.


Finally, I added a bit of color in the styling. 

I am in love with this piece. It came together very quickly and just as I had planned. The color is amazing too. I have 2 other Graphite project in the works on the back porch right now. I can't wait to share those too. 

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14 comments:

  1. Laura, I love this piece. Graphite is one of my fav ASCP colors. I have to ask you how you thinned the wax down with mineral spirits? I've never heard of this? Did you skip the clear was?? Do tell :-)

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    1. Great Questions, would like to also know these answers!

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  2. Wow Laura what a beautiful piece!Love that color!
    xx
    Anne

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  3. This looks fantastic! I didn't even know AS had this color. Beautiful!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. I absolutely love this piece! Just beautiful!

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  5. Wow, that is beautiful! Love the color and the distressing is Perfect!

    Jane
    FF

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  6. I have been sitting on a can of graphite because I wasn't sure if I would like it. Well after this post. The can is coming out. That piece is stunning! And you certainly know how add special touches to it. Fabulous job!
    Hugs
    Becky

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  7. Beautiful dresser!! Love the color and the way you distressed is perfect :)

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  8. What is the ASCP acrronyn stand for? Want to get, because I just love this paint color

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    1. Your question is old, but for anyone reading now, ASCP stands for
      Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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  9. Did you degloss the dresser then put primer on it before u put graphic paint on it?

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  10. AWESOME!! I'm starting my first project with ascp. Will be washing dining room bricks then French country dining set. Will post pictures when done!!

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  11. Hi Laura, Which Liberon Gilt Cream did you use to highlight the details? Thank you, Erika

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