Graphite Dresser

I am a person who stays in a rut.

I order the same food at restaurants.

I buy my clothes at the same place.

I put on the same makeup daily.

Why? Because once I’ve found something that works, I stick with it.

Of course there is no harm in trying something new or different. But this time, it bit me in the tushy. And the worst part? It wasn’t even new. I just strayed from my tried-and-true.

Let me tell you more.

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I painted this lovely wood dresser in two coats of ASCP Graphite. Well, one and a thinned coat.

I wet-distressed all over because I love the mid-tone wood peeking through the dark paint.

Then I decided to use the Annie Sloan Clear Wax I had picked up recently for using with her Pure White chalk paint.

Now, let me just say that I do not hate this wax. It is great wax. Truly. But I have fallen for SC Johnson wax because it is less than 1/3 the price.

And, after this unfortunate incident, I read that the SC Johnson wax truly is clear as well and so does not discolor white, which is why I bought the Annie Sloan.

So. Back to my sob story. I only had the AS wax and used it. It’s been almost 2 years since I have used this stuff since I switched to MinWax and then SC Johnson, and so I had lost the special touch this wax requires.


Meaning- only use a little. I used too much and it went on so streaky. I almost cried and ended up wiping it off with Mineral Spirits the next morning.


Well I must not have done a superb job because when I waxed with SC Johnson later it was still a little streaky. I did another coat and wiped some off with mineral spirits again and was satisfied.


And still a little frustrated.

So that is an informal review of my new favorite wax, SC Johnson. It does smell (pretty bad actually), but it goes on so smooth.

I picked up another wax, Trewax, from Ace that was next to the SC Johnson but I am wary to try it after the latest experience.


Fortunately, it all turned out okay and I love the way this dresser looks! I used the original hardware and it looks great against the dark paint!

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What do you think of this dresser? Do you have a favorite furniture wax or sealer?

This lovely piece is for sale at our booth at Brick City Emporium for $325.

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2 thoughts on “Graphite Dresser

  1. Your piece turned out lovely! I think that black is always hard to work with too. And since you asked about sealers, have you heard of VAX? It’s a Shabby Paints topcoat and it’s wonderful. Easy to apply, nice soft results. It’s a great product!

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