A Chest Turned Powder Room Vanity, and Buffet In A Killer Custom American Paint Blend

There she sits, tucked in the back, tagged with customer information, waiting patiently to be chosen next…

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She lived with us for awhile – Nancy, her owner, dropped her off BEFORE heading to Florida for the winter months….when Spring hit I knew I needed to get busy –

First coat a blend of American Paint Company’s Cannonball (a black) and Beach Glass (a turquoise) –

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When the first coat dried I applied several layers over top of the same color, thinned with water, also incorporating in some warmer tones (a mix of Tumbleweed, Desert Cactus, Heaven’s Light)

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I sanded back the finish with 180 grit paper, something I like to do – it refines my paint finish, removing unwanted brush and application marks, and lets me shadow high’s and lows –

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A wet rag method can do this as well, but I find I have more control with the paper

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Instead of automatically grabbing the wax, I instead used  American Paint’s Topcoat Finish to seal in the chalk clay mineral paint –   Topcoat Finish is magical for chalk/clay/mineral  based paints- it’s water based, all natural, non-yellowing,   and is an awesome alternative to sealing up these porous paints –

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Simply brush it on,  like a milky water,  and when it dries you’ve got a paint finish that will be more durable than wax alone.     Don’t try to apply Topcoat  Finish OVER wax –  that doesnt work.    When I need

D U R A B I L I TY   

like this customers bathroom vanity, or kitchen cabinets,  I  Topcoat Finish first then wax if I want…

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In this case,  I Topcoated, let it dry,  THEN  brushed on American Paint’s Dark Wax.   The wax antiqued this paint finish perfectly,  and still gave a little wax glow,  not like if it would have been ONLY waxed,  but hmmmm… what would I prefer  –  a finish that is HARDER and more durable, or a waxy shiny finish that is harder to maintain?

To finish this pretty piece off,  I cleaned up the original  hardware , gave it a quick swipe of Caromal’s Reclaim Mocha, then a bronze metallic, then a poly sealer.

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Swarovski Crystals completed the hardware, as well as some detailing on the vanity.    My client LOVED the piece!

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I loved it so much I wanted to do another piece just like it for our showroom floor,  so I grabbed this chest

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this time taking photos as I went along –

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Second coat, again, washing  a combo of the first color, and  a lighter mix of Tumbleweed, Desert Cactus and Heaven’s Light – applied wet on wet, with water, to thin it out

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as it dries I brush/blend more in, until I like my shadowing.

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After it dried and after I sanded   I sealed it with American Paint’s Dark Wax –  here the left side has been applied

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Dry and ready to buff.   The top of this chest was in really nice condition,  so I sanded it back and then applied several coats of stain,  first a Minwax Jacobean color,  then a Stain and Seal Antique Mahogany, then sealed with a poly

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What direction did I want to go?   I didn’t want to whoop it up too much,  but the piece was large,  and I felt like  it could use a little dressing up,  so I added a stencil on each side, using Caromal Toner,  and then added a small one on the front feet –

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Drying the top after applying more stain

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Re-dark waxed the feet to make them darker –

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Dressed up all the hardware,  painting them with the same paints,  sealing with APC Topcoat,  and embellishing with crystals

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The finished top, and a good closeup of the stencil

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We added it to our showroom last week,  it is one heavy chest!

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Maybe these guys were working on this piece!

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Beautiful craftsmanship…

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13 responses to “A Chest Turned Powder Room Vanity, and Buffet In A Killer Custom American Paint Blend

  1. That is one gorgeous color combination and finish! Love it!

  2. I love your techniques & details. It looks awesome. Can you please include a close up picture or two of your hardware embellished with crystals? Thanks!!

  3. I love this finish! Did you mix heavens light, desert cactus, and tumbleweed to make one color or randomly layer each of the three colors? This has to be my all time favorite of any piece ever! I wish I lived closer to you so I could attend one of your workshops.

    • Hi Ana, yes, this time i actually DID mix those colors together, typically i keep them all individual – this color was mixed and the darker first color was also mixed – and THEN i did a blending of both of those 2 colors – hope that makes sense!

  4. The chest is stunning. All of your work is amazing but this one is my favorite! I may just have to come see you from Texas to learn how you blend and layer your colors.

  5. Another fabulous finish! So inspiring! Thanks so much for always sharing!
    I love how you added the stencil and using toner. I just never thought of that. Can’t wait to try it!
    I need to come out for a workshop or two. Will be checking it out for this coming fall after the my daughter’s wedding.

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