Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Anne Slones Graphite Chest of Drawers

Had a great night last night went to the American Idol performance,  It was really good I thought all the contestants were exceptional this year and the concert showed that.

On to my project of the week, I found this at a garage sale earlier in the summer, it really is a NICE and large chest of drawers.

It had some problems though.  As you can see in one of the photos the top trim piece was off -center hmmmm.  It looked like you could just give it a tap and it would slide back to center but NO  not gonna happen.  Had to take it off and reapply.  Thanks to Mr. Sensible it was no problem.  Also a couple of the drawers would not slide so they had to be addressed as well.  If you notice the top also had some of the veneer coming off.  I left that area alone, imperfections add interest I believe. 

I painted this with AS Chalk Paint in Graphite.  I was really surprised, although I should not have been,  but it's not black, grrrrrrr.  Graphite means Charcoal you see, I had forgot that, plus it is the darkest color, so I assumed that it would be black.  The paint covered really well much better than the antique white did in my mind.  It sanded off amazing like the antique white did.  I was so pleased with the distressing part, but the color is VERY different.

Yes I looks very blue black.  It is interesting and the girls at the shop thought it was a really different color.  That usually means they don't like it right?  But are trying to be nice...... 

This is a picture of the chest after I sanded it down.  It got real light  was scary!!

Below is a picture of the drawer, The right half of it has clear wax on it the left side does not.  As you can see the color comes back when the wax is applied.  I kept the original hardware but took all but one of the "Keyhole" thingys off.

The piece had two holds on it by the weekend, but surprisingly three weeks later it is still in the shop.  An interesting color but one that has to find a particular home.  As it is not true black in any sense of the word and can't be added to the room as a black piece. 


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  1. I love that color. Have not used it and yes, I guess it would have to be used in just the right place.

  2. This piece turned out beautiful. I painted my very first ASCP project with Graphite. I love the soft black tone. Here's a link to my piece:

  3. first of all, i'd like to say please stop being cooler than me...idols live? dang...jellly!

    secondly, i love love love that color. it's fabulous!

  4. I thought the color was like a true charcoal. I saw a beautiful secretary desk painted by Conspicuous Style and it looked really pretty. Your chest doesn't look like there is a blue tone to it...someone will buy it, because it is handsome!I really like it!

  5. I have to say that I like it very much in the graphite. I think maybe that I would have preferred the hardware with a little shine to it just to lift it as it is quite a large piece but it is beautiful as it is. I love AS paints too.

  6. I would TOTALLY buy this! The color is awesome and in my opinion, much more versatile than the standard black. Firt time visitng and love your whole blog! I'm now a follower!

  7. I think it looks REALLY cool.

  8. Looks so good. Dark wax looks good on Graphite as well. Thanks so much for sharing at my party!

  9. Looks fabulous! Love Graphite - such a great look!

    If you get a chance, stop by my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party every Tuesday and Wednesday

  10. I just LOVE that fact, I have it on order! Beautiful transformation!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

  11. I love it as it is. But, you can use dark wax to make it black or near black.


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