As I told you about here, I am helping my sister makeover her youngest daughter’s bedroom. One transformation in that process has been her nightstand. Of course I failed to get a real before picture, but here is a picture as soon as I remembered:
At this stage it is prepped and ready for primer. I painted this in ASCP so normally I could have skipped the whole prepping and priming steps. However, I don’t like using dark ASCP colors on items that are already painted a light color as it takes several coats for good coverage, and for me, multiple coats of ASCP start to get gloppy. (You can read here about how I water down the paint to help eliminate gloppiness.) So in that this piece was white, I primed it in my favorite tinted primer (Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Latex Primer Deep Base in 6083 Sable). Normally if I were going to go thru the process of prepping and priming, I would use latex paint instead of ASCP. But in this case, I am going to be painting her dresser in ASCP, and we wanted the nightstand to match. So here is the nightstand after the primer coat (and just a little out of focus):
Next I applied two coats of Graphite. To give you an idea of how the color changes with wax, this is a picture of the nightstand with just the two coats of paint next to my foyer dresser that is also in Graphite and had two coats of clear wax and a coat of dark wax applied.
This is the comparison after two thin coats of clear wax on the nightstand:
And this is after the dark wax:
One thing I learned from waxing the foyer dresser is to use a black t-shirt in the waxing process. On the foyer dresser I used a white t-shirt, white rags, supposedly lint-free rags, and cheesecloth. However, they all left little white remnants in the wax. Not what you want when your piece is dark! So to wax my media center and this nightstand, I purchased a black t-shirt at Michaels and cut it into workable pieces. It worked great. Yes, there are black remnants in the wax, but it just looks like part of the dark wax and like it is supposed to be there. (Also, I prefer to use a rag when applying the clear wax, but do use an Annie Sloan wax brush for the dark wax.)
I am working on more items for my niece’s room so as I complete more, I will share them.