Paris Dresser Part 2…
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!
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.
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.
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!