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Paris Dresser Part 2…

By Posted in - LuLu's House on August 13th, 2013 13 Comments

...the after of the drawer fronts with dark wax and clear acrylic drawer pulls

…the after of the drawer fronts with dark wax and clear acrylic drawer pulls

 

   Well today’s post is Part 2 of yesterday’s Paris Dresser post. After completing the drawer fronts it was time to tackle the top. I envisioned a weathered brown-gray finish on the top that would continue the whole “old weathered” look that I wanted to achieve. As I said in my last post, doing work for my parents gives me the freedom to try new techniques with a minimum of risk. If they don’t like something they both have no problem telling me and I have no problem redoing it!

...the first layer of the weathering.

…the first layer of the weathering.

I started this process with a base coat of Antique White (the color the rest of the dresser is painted). After that dried, I poured 3 different shades of brown and gray paint onto a paper plate. With a large chip brush I dipped the left side of the bristles into one color and the right side into another.  I gently brushed them over a small section of the top of the dresser and then brushed over them again and wiped the paint with a cotton rag to blend the different shades together. I continued this process until I had the entire top painted. I went back over places where there was too much of one color and tried to blend that area so that it looked as “authentically weathered” as I could possibly make it. I knew enough to know that I wasn’t going to like it after the first layer of painting. It didn’t look authentic, but I still had hope that the next layer of wax would help.

...the next step...Fiddes Light wax with hints of Rugger Brown

…the next step…Fiddes Light wax with hints of Rugger Brown

After applying a coat of Fiddes Light wax I lightly sanded the surface to create  grooves for the Rugger Brown wax to sit in. I then wiped on Rugger Brown wax. My hope was that this would add to the weathered look. It worked! It began to look a bit more “authentic” so I continued adding Rugger Brown in layers. I even applied it in some spots in a circular motion to mimic the knots in a piece of wood.

...it really isn't as dark as it looks, but there is horrible lighting in my garage.

…it really isn’t as dark as it looks, but there is horrible lighting in my garage.

After allowing the layers of wax to dry, I had to finely sand down the surface because it felt very rough with multiple layers of wax. Once it was smooth I added another layer of clear wax to insure that none of the dark wax would rub off on anything, plus I knew that a TV would sit on top of it so it needed extra protection. I have to admit I was a little sad to see this dresser go…it was quite stunning. I guess I need to recreate it in a future project…or I can just go visit it in my parents’ guest room. Until next time…remember…create from the heart….for your soul…in style!

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Laura

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