Antique Vanity and Gentleman’s Chest in ASCP

I’ve been told many times throughout my lifetime that I’m “visual”.  Whether its the topography blueprint of a golf course or a dated piece of furniture,  I can see the finished design well in the initial stages of a project.
There are moments though when I get hung up on color.   This happened recently with a bedroom set I picked up to refinish.  I knew I wanted to strip and refinish the tops in a rich espresso stain, but I visualized the gentleman’s dresser in a dark Graphite, while I saw the vanity in Old White.  When I mentioned this idea to someone, I was told “you can’t do that!”  I can’t?

As I stripped layers of paint from the top of the vanity, dresser and bed frame, I discovered the beautiful mahogany hidden underneath.    This is a VERY MESSY process, but well worth the effort.

The next step was removing all the contact paper and cleaning all the drawers.   Oh my gosh this stuff has staying power!

When I was exhausted from battling the contact paper, I started messing around with paint colors.  Paris Grey?  Versailles? Country Grey?

Nope!  Just wasn’t working for me.  Ah, what the heck, it’s just Chalk Paint – ha!

I have a confession to make.  I don’t like pastels – gasp!  I decided on Paris Grey but planned to darken the color using my Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  I was having a REALLY hard time it sticking and glopping and ended up with a disaster, so I painted over it and started again.

Quite honestly, I’ve battled her dark wax from the day I got it four months ago.  I kept trying it OVER and OVER and OVER again with the same frustration, wondering what the heck I wasn’t getting.  Then, last week my sister came over with her AS dark wax and I couldn’t believe the difference!  I was like “what?”  I was like “huh?”
Her wax is an entirely different consistency than the wax I received.  I’m guessing it was either a bad batch it melted in the delivery truck or something, but it was just wrong!  My wax was thick and gummy and almost crystallized from the get go.  I also bought one thing of clear wax that was fine, but the inside of the lid was covered with what appears to be rust.  Bottom line, check it out!  They’re not supposed to be that way.

I had worked myself into a tizzy with the dark wax, so I opted to glaze the paint with a stain then finished it with clear wax.  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And, after a long battle… this is what I ended up with:)

Next, comes the vanity…  I stuck to my original thought of a different, yet coordinating combination.

And just in case  you want to see the color by sunset…


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Since this post, I’ve learned so much.  I worked around the clock for a year using these products but continued to have difficulties achieving a quality finish with their wax.  I tried other several other waxes by different companies, some were hard, other’s were a little easier to blend in and work with but also had those terrible fumes.
I experienced months of recurring respiratory problems and even with my exhaust system, I was advised to remove as many chemical hazards from my environment as possible or find another line of working order to get well.I replaced toxic, hand burning, chemical strippers with citrus based strippers (which work better anyway), pulled chemically laden paints, waxes, glues… and started searching for better products.
That search eventually led me to the products I choose today ~ American Paint Company’s all natural, eco-friendly chalk and clay based mineral paints.  From the first time I tried  them, I was sold.   I know that sounds so dramatic, but after everything I went through, It was a God send.  This type of paint is so much easier to work with.  It spreads easier, covers better, adheres well and the wax and finishes have been life changing for how much work I can accomplish on any given day.
For my style of painting, I can achieve a much more superior finish and can create it much faster eliminating the stress of working so hard to achieve something that’s easy with a chalk and clay mixture.

I love these paints so well that I decided to share what I do with our followers.  We proudly offer American Paint Company Paints locally in the Greater Grand Rapids area and sell worldwide on our Online Shizzle Shop.  

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    a hui hou ~ Shelly

A hui hou!


30 Replies to “Antique Vanity and Gentleman’s Chest in ASCP”

  1. prepare to be the hot feature this week! you knocked my socks off with these two pieces! i’m going for the look you have on the legs of the dresser on a side board i have–is it just dry brushed paris gray??

    and this post earned you an exclusive spot in my “inbox”!!


  2. That turned out beautiful! Do you like working with the chalk paint? I found your blog from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia party. I’m your newest follower! I hope you’ll stop by my new blog & follow along too!

  3. Super cute photo’s.. Love it.Those pieces are beautiful…Officially following ya with smiles.. So much creativity here.. ..Found ya while blog hopping around on Nifty Linky..
    PS: I am hoping you could join in and hopefully participate in “Project Pink Blog Day” Please check out this post of mine, I would LOVE to have you be a part of my Project Pink Blog Day if it fits your schedule.. “All blogger’s going pink a day for “breast cancer” — Wishing you a lovely weekend..

  4. AH HA my dear Shelly Thank you! George’s PC desk is just like this vanity and I have been at a lose as to what to do with it. I’m going to copy you this is perfect to keep the beauty of the wood but incorporate it into our style.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  5. Grogeous! Your hard work really paid off with the “wow factor”! Both pieces are beautiful, but the dresser in it’s mix and match colors is fabulous!

    I am delighted that you linked up again this week at Potpourri Friday! Many thanks!

  6. Wow! These pieces look just amazing. I love the contrast in natural wood and paint, and I love that you did something different with it. visiting from MMS.

    ps I host a linky party every Friday-Sunday, would love if you could stop by to link up. Thanks!

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