Our guest post this week comes from Stylish Patina customer and fellow blogger, Emily of the blog Ask for Roses. She’s sharing a fab furniture refresh she did on a dresser using French Linen and Old White – and a little Gilding Wax too. Take it away, Emily!
Hi, I’m Emily, a Mississippi native currently living in Washington, D.C. and working on Capitol Hill. Although my day-to-day life revolves around politics, I satisfy my creative side by revamping furniture at night. I blog about my furniture transformations at www.askforroses.com.
I had a dresser that was painted with standard latex that was peeling and showing wear and tear. I wanted to freshen it up and make it fit in better with my current decor.Here is the dresser before I refreshed it.
Here are my step by step instructions for this dresser:
1. I did this project indoors – partly in my kitchen and partly in my bedroom. For this project I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, Old White and Louie Blue, Annie Sloan’s clear and dark wax, frog tape to add a second tone and Gilding Wax in Empire Gold. First, I applied the first coat of French Linen.
2. This lovely dresser had some really fun curves and lines so I decided to use a little bit of Old White to highlight some of its features. My first attempt at free handing turned out horribly so I jumped on my bike, rode to the hardware store and picked up a role of Frog Tape. I love Frog Tape because it does not let the paint bleed through which was important for me because Chalk Paint is thick and I was doing multiple coats.
3. I applied two coats of French Linen and two coats of Old White on the borders.
4. I painted the insides and sides of the drawers Louie Blue for a fun Pop of Color. I also applied these lovely scented drawers liners I found while shopping on the Eastern Shore.
5. I lightly distressed the dresser (mainly along the edges) and used a bit of dark wax on the Old White portion and intermittently on the top, sides and drawer fronts – enough to give it an aged look but not make it too dark.
6. The final touch was a bit of gilding wax in Empire Gold.
And here is the finished product!
Thanks to a little elbow grease, some Chalk Paint and dedication I now have a much more sophisticated bedroom that truly reflects my taste without purchasing anything new.
Thank you so much to Emily for sharing her amazing dresser refresh!
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