A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

I’ve got furniture tucked in the back workroom,  from acquisitions some time back.  I’m pretty good at resisting  the urge to buy more, until I can work down the pieces that I have, like this piece I recently started, over two years old –

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But I will add to the pile , if it’s the right style at the right price.  Like this recent gem –

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and this chest

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I haven’t done a good job following my ‘first in, first out’ rule.

pieces that pluck at my heart strings

get painted first

And so we begin…

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I started with American Paint’s Freedom Road, and Shingle on the Roof Freedom Road is APC’s dark grey, and Shingle is a dark misty brown

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From there I applied  thin layers of a range of colors  – Uncle Sam, Smoke Signal, Freedom Rd, and Cannonball – until it felt right.

That might sound lame, but it’s the truth – for me, painting and feeling it go hand in hand.  Some colors will land together, side by side, on my brush,  others will mix together on the plate – my brush acting like a stir stick…

One thing I’ve learned -when I paint pieces like this I need to go start to finish.   I can’t leave one side, or a few drawers, for another day.  When  I have, I find myself struggling to get that same rhythm back that I had from the beginning.

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Sanded to reveal more depth, and more importantly to knock out any application marks I left behind

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This one I’ll wax, using my favorite wax  (and not just because I am a retailer!)  – American Paint Company’s Vintage Antiquing Wax –  CLEAR ,

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my preferred topcoat over darker colors like the bottom half of this chest.  Just grab yourself a brush (I prefer natural bristle chip brushes),  scrub it on/into that open paint finish, and then softly wipe any excess off when you are done.

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You can see what you’ve  waxed and where you still need to go, making the wax-on even easier.

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When the wax is dry, typically a few hours, you can buff it to a lovely sheen using a soft cloth or a buffing brush that attaches to your drill (can find here)

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Love when the original hardware can be salvaged .  Clean it, dry it, and paint it!

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Checking if the color is right

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I add some glam to the feet – over sized crystal knobs-   my son cracked one when we were moving the piece to the showroom,  so I need to get another.

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The buffed wax pops the depth in all of those colors

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Before we move it to the front, I need to doll up the back – it’s something I enjoy – kind of my way of signing a piece 🙂

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Time to settle into your showroom space

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Another piece I wish I could take home…

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Missing the pretty shoes

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but loving the bit of glitz on the pulls 🙂

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2 responses to “A Painted Manly Chest, Gray or Grey, Light Medium Dark, American Paint Co

  1. I have been following your wonderful posts and watching your videos. One day I will make it to detroit. Right now a quick question – what did you use and how did you fix the little bits of glitz on the hardware ? I love that look. Thanks Cathy

    • i used the same colors on the hardware but left them overall lighter so they’d show up – i adhere the bling swarovskis with e6000, we actually sell it, and the picks, and mini bags of swarovskis in the store, and soon will be added to our online store – makes it convenient 🙂

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