An Oldie but Goodie

As much as I love testing out new colors and techniques, I've been on a bit of repeat binder lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have picked up on this trend already. This shift has been brought on partly by choice, and partly because of custom order requests. The great thing about repeats is you know they are popular and in demand...otherwise I wouldn't be repeating them!

The piece I finished up this week was inspired by an earlier piece of mine. I can't tell you how many requests I've received for something similar to this dresser. However, for some reason I'd been holding out on recreating it. I guess I was just waiting for the right style of piece to come along. Here is the original piece...the inspiration behind it all!

When I found this new dresser, I don't know what it was about it, but something reminded me of the original piece. I decided this was a good candidate for a solid, bold color. Here is how the piece looked originally.

The first thing I noticed about this piece was how deceiving it was in weight. I mean, this thing is HEAVY! I decided a strong piece like this deserved a strong color like a stormy gray. I used a custom blend of Annie Sloan's Graphite and French Linen. However the step that really enhanced the color was the coat of dark wax over it.

Like the original piece I stained the top in Jacobean by Minwax. It's a rich, versatile color and I find myself reaching for it almost every time I want to restain a piece.

Between the dark color and the dark stain, things were getting a bit heavy over here. I felt like I just walked out of a Cohen brothers film. Definitely in need of a little light-hearted pick me up! You know, like some gold hardware.

This gold hardware from D Lawless Hardware sure does the trick! And to top it off, I added gold gilding wax on the edges. It really gives the piece a bit of elegance.

I gave the edges a light distressing to help age the piece.

The piece has an overall traditional feel to it.

I think the best part about recreating a piece is knowing no two pieces will ever be identical. As much as you may try to replicate something, each piece is unique and has its own special characteristics, and that's what makes them special.