Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grey Antique Dresser and how to tint your wax

Last week I found this gorgeous, but very damaged dresser at the Flea Market and brought it home. 
Before:
I also bought some new chalk paint from a very cute couple who had just started their line of chalky paints:  Urban Rooster (theurbanrooster).  I usually y mix up my own chalk paints, but decided to give this paint a try.  I painted this dresser in Smokey Ash and I really like the grey color and the consistency of the paint.  I will be buying more!  
Dresser top before
I wanted the top of the dresser to be natural, so I sanded it down and sealed it with dark wax and hemp oil.  


I have been wanting to try a tinted wax for awhile and this dresser had gorgeous details that I knew would pop with some white wax.   First  I took a few spoonfuls of AS clear wax out of the tin with a plastic spoon and added it to an empty yogurt container.  I then added about 1-2  spoonfuls of white paint to the wax and stirred it up. 

After painting the dresser with 2 coats of Smokey Ash I started to wax the dresser.  I dipped my brush in the white wax and "painted" it on the dresser and wiped off/rubbed in the wax.  I love how it stayed in the grooves of the wood details and gave the dresser a weathered/worn look.  
Here you can see how much the white wax changes the color of the paint
For the details around the drawers I handprinted them with some white chalk paint.  


Love the worn and weathered look of the white wax and the gold hardware

Gorgeous pull

Beautiful wood top and dried roses

Stunning legs! 

Love how the white wax looks here











I love the new chalk paint and using the tinted wax! 

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30 comments:

  1. Great idea! The dresser is beautiful! I pinned it to my board!

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    1. Thank you Gigi-I love how the white wax feels and looks!

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  2. A most beautiful piece, made even lovelier with your talent. I love that container of bluish green you have there. Almost looks like the color I just painted my hutch.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you Branda-I like this new paint too. I painted the patio set I just found in the jade color-its very stunning!

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  3. I love the white wax idea, it really made the details pop. Great job and a great find!! Thanks for sharing over at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I like the dresser a lot now!

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  4. Well done!! You're really talented. And the color! Just amazing!
    Anita

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    1. Thank you Anita-I love to paint old things and make them beautiful again!

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  5. Another beauty Darrielle and I love those pretty pulls!

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    1. Thank you Martina-they are gorgeous aren't they?!

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  6. Darrielle, you truely have a gift. This is another amazing piece. I love it. :) Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie-I just have a painting hobby that makes me feel good. I love to turn an old/ugly piece that has good bones into a beauty again.

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  7. How clever of you to mix a little paint with the wax! It turned out great. There was a dresser just like this in my grandmother's house when I was young. I love your painted one so much more than the wood tones! Great job!

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    1. Thank you Pat---I love how the white wax and dresser turned out too. It was pretty dinged up!

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  8. Very nice - love the color and can't wait to try these new paints. Thanks for all the great info!

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    1. Thank you Debbie-I love the new paints and have done a few other projects with them.

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  9. Darrielle I love the look of white wax on blues and grey and your dresser is a testament to why - gorgeous. Great tip on making your own white wax which I'll be pinning for future reference. You mentioned you used dark wax and hemp oil on the top. Which went on first, the hemp oil?
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  10. you did a wonderful job of course
    those pulls are fabulous and I would love to find some like those for a piece of furniture I have

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    1. Thank you--the pulls are gorgeous and help make the dresser a stunner!

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  11. Thank you Marie-I love the white wax! For the top I just dipped my brush in the hemp oil and then right in the tin of dark wax and brushed on the wood. The oil seeps in and the wax protects ! easy peasy

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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    1. Thank you Marie-I love how it turned out too!

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  13. love that gray. it seems darker than most, which is what I've been looking for. No one would've thought that beauty was going to come from that old dinged dresser.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-the chalk paint by Urban Rooster is a great browny grey and very pretty. Check out their site-it is very reasonable too. It is a beauty now I agree!

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    1. Thank you-it was a fun project and I love using the tinted wax!

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  15. It's really pretty. I did not know the trick of using a small paint brush with wax for the minute details!

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    1. Thank you Su-the brush gets the wax in the cracks and crevices. I use a cheep one from he paint store and when it gets worn I just toss it!

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  16. I really need to try tinted wax...after seeing yours...I will be sure to try it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda-it was very easy to make and use-go for it!

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