how fitting the color of the paint i used on this dresser is called paris grey. the brown colored wood gave it a hick chic vibe minus the chic. but with a couple of coats of annie sloan paint, matte white hardware, clear wax on the finished product, i rather fancy it paris chic. a large glossy white baroque style mirror resting on the top and the look is complete.
One night, a dear friend visited my home to see a few pieces of furniture I had finished . When she spotted the dark wood buffet I have had for years, she asked me if I would also paint that. I never thought about painting a piece I adored in it’s original “form”. I am not sure what my reply to Dorothy was that night, but within 45 minutes of her leaving, I pulled out the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and finished painting the buffet/sideboard in less than 2 hours. The following week I tweaked the hardware (from gold to silver to antique gold to black to….old white), and played around with clear and dark wax until I found it’s best look . The new paint transformed this sideboard from average to chic.
a friend of mine , holly, asked if i could take this buffet from white (still looking for the “before” picture) to an antique look black finish. holly has a beautiful home, exquisitely good taste in all-things-fashion-and-anything-for-that-matter, so i wanted to morph a fairly new piece into a buffet with old southern charm. i painted several coats of antique black, clear waxing between each coat, hand-distressing, antique black rubbing with brown undertones, dark waxed, then clear coated and poly’ed for a worn feel. i changed out the hardware finishing it with a gold leaf, then distressed and clear waxed …again.