Dresser Transformation Using Annie Sloan Paint

by Ryan
3 Materials
5 Days
I bought this piece for $15, but in my head I wanted it to look completely different so I transformed it with Annie Sloan paint.

So to start I took my dresser outside and sanded everywhere until it took off enough shine for my liking. Unfortunately I wasn't thinking and forgot to take a picture from when the dresser was all together and took separate ones instead.
This is just what the drawers looked like.
I then did 2 coats using Annie Sloan's dark brown paint named Honfleur. I used one of her chalk paint brushes, but you really don't need to use that because they are a little pricey.
Drawer after 2 coats of paint.
After the paint completely dried I took a piece of sandpaper and made scratch marks all over the entire piece in the direction I wanted to faux wood grain to go. This was a vital step in my achieving the wood grain look I desired.
After that using a lint free towel I buffed in the clear wax. When the clear wax is on you don't see the scratches made by the sandpaper, but that's okay. I buffed the wax until it was smooth to the touch. After the clear wax I took a cheap brush I got at the hardware store to brush on her dark wax. The dark wax really made it just a little bit of a darker brown, but it gave it that shine that nice wood furniture has. After brushing on the wax I buffed it until it was once again smooth to the touch. This took longer to do than the clear wax. Once the dark wax was buffed in I took another cheap brush and brushed the black wax on This really gave it that wood grain look. The dark wax gives it a little bit of a grainy look, but the black wax accentuates it. Once again the buffing of this wax is longer and harder than the clear wax.
This is what the dresser looked like when I was done painting and waxing. I didn't like the color of the pulls with the brown color so on the pulls and the metal caps on legs I used AMACO Rub N' Buff in the color Pewter. I just used my finger and wiped it on.
This is the finished project! I loved the way it came out and have been showing it off to everyone that comes over.
Here is an up close picture of what scratching the paint with the sandpaper before waxing does to the finished product. It really give it that grainy look.

It doesn't have to take 5 days to finish it depending on how much you get done in a day which I didn't get very much. I said it was medium difficulty because the buffing very strenuous on my muscles.
Suggested materials:
  • Old dresser   (Garage sale)
  • Annie Sloan paint in color Honfleur and her clear, dark, and black wax   (My local Annie Sloan stockist)
  • AMACO Rub N' Buff in color Pewter   (My local Annie Sloan stockist)
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  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Aug 22, 2017

    Did you use a very coarse grit sand paper? I like this look and want to try it.

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