The world probably doesn't need another dresser in
Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint "Old White"
with dark brown wax but now it has one more.
Once I over heard one of my co-workers
remark about me,
"She's in her own little world".
Actually, I AM the queen of my little corner
of the world here at Kat Kottage, and I
have the crowns to prove it.
The queen of Kat Kottage decreed that the
green dresser in the bedroom should be
painted in ASCP "Old White" so that
her little part of the world would be brighter.
oops! I forgot to take a picture of the whole dresser before "we" started painting it.
We purchased it from Goodwill over ten years ago.
Here you can see a closer look at the green crackle finish we put on the dresser.
I don't know how that scrape happened but the light wood showing is what the whole dresser looked like when we bought it.
Remember the Christopher Lowell decorating show? He had said that black bar-b-que grill paint will stick to almost anything and you don't need to sand or prime to put it on...sound familiar (like chalk paint)? Anyway that is why our base coat is black...it's the bar-b-que paint! The green we painted over is not bad but it's not the right green for this house.
With the heat, we like to do as many tasks inside as possible.
So, the dining room table becomes a workshop.
Not only do we not like to get too hot, we are kinda lazy and just painted the drawers
with all the stuff still in them.
Here is the dresser with a coat of "Old White".
We had company coming so we had to put the drawers back in the dresser
until we had time to put the wax on them.
We used a combination of Annie Sloan dark wax and
plain ol' clear Minwax from the hardware store.
At first, I mixed the waxes half and half . That is still pretty dark.
In subsequent batches, I put more like 3/4 clear to 1/4 dark wax.
I was surprized that the crackling from the green finish came
through two coats of the chalk paint. I like crackling so
I was very happy to have it.
The dark wax mix accentuated the crackling.
You can see the big difference between the drawer before (lower) the
dark wax was rubbed on and after (top).
I was too cheap to buy the wax-applying brush. On the large surfaces we just rubbed it on
with an old sock. To get it into crevices and corners, we used a Q-tip.
The original hardware was not bad looking in my opinion.
Then I rubbed the dark wax (straight out of the can...really dark)
over the "Old White". It's not fabulous but it will do for now.
Here are some of the interesting areas on the dresser
created by bar-b-que paint/crackle medium/green paint/
"Old White chalk paint/dark and clear wax/sanding.
Painting the dresser brightened up a corner of
our little corner of the world.