Monday, July 8, 2013

My First Empire Styled Chest

I have long admired the beautiful transformation so many talented folks have done with Empire styled chests.  At long last, I acquired one and had an immediate vision for its transformation.  



The veneer needed a bit of repair work.  A little wood filler and lots of sanding took care of that.


I wasn’t sure if the top was salvageable. 


When working on a piece, if at all possible, I usually opt to restore some of the natural wood.  In this case, the top looked good after I stripped it so I applied my favorite dark walnut stain. This was my first attempt at using dark wax as the protective coat.  It took me a few days to feel okay with the choice, but I really like how warm and natural it kept the look of the gorgeous grain of the wood.  


After the prep work, it took 2 coats of ASCP Graphite to cover the base and drawers and then a light distressing.  I was really looking for a warm black, so I skipped the clear wax and went straight to the dark wax.  The dark wax deepens the color value of the Graphite.  

After the obligatory buffing (oy vey, there must be an easier way!),  the chest was done. I was pleased with the final results.  



And as always, those legs......


This lovely chest now has found a new home with Melissa and Carl.  It was such a pleasure working with Melissa and watching her develop a her own sense of design.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Robin






6 comments:

  1. You did a great job!
    I use a little paint thinner (or mineral spirits) to thin out the dark wax and it makes it easier to work with.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for the tip. Working with dark wax has certainly been a challenge, but I think I am getting the hang of it. I guess thinning it out makes it more like a glaze? I'll certainly give it a try on a future project.

      Robin

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  2. it looks beautiful! i love those empire chests!

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    1. As always, thanks, Cassie for you kind comments and support!

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  3. hi Robin, you've done a beautiful job. I have been using Graphite a little lately and really enjoying it's lovely tone. Your chest of drawers turned out beautifully. thanks for linking to Paint Parade
    Fiona x

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    1. Fiona,
      Graphite is one of my 'go to' colors. It's like the little black dress we all have...you can never go wrong with it! Learning how to apply the wax properly has been a bit of a challenge, but I finally got the hang of it.
      I'll see you at your next Paint Parade!
      Robin

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