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50 Shades of Gray Dresser: Ombre Paint Treatment

Okay, so it's not exactly '50 shades', [more like 5] but I just had to make the reference.  Regardless, this is one sexy dresser, if I do say so myself.  It's actually my most coveted painting project I've completed thus far. [I know, I know I say lots of my pieces are my 'favorite' but I actually mean it this time!]

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I didn't even want to style it with anything [but the obligatory nosy cat] because the paint treatment is so striking on its own. To create the ombre effect, I created a base color; a mixture of Annie Sloan's Paris Gray, Olive, Duck Egg Blue and Graphite...a clear sign I was on the tail end of quite a few cans of paint.

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I removed the drawers, and painted the remainder of the dresser in the darkest base color.  Then with each drawer, I would lighten the base using a combination of Old White and Duck Egg Blue. It took some experimenting, but it wasn't all that difficult to do!

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This dresser had a really beautiful wood grain and texture from the paint [the paint was thicker than usual because I was using the last dregs of several cans to create the colors]. I decided to make the texture more pronounced by creating a colored wax.  I combined just a small amount of Paris Gray paint with clear wax, and mixed it thoroughly to form a gray paste.  

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The results have a bit of a limed oak look, but more subtle. The surface actually looks and feels more like a stone surface, which really needs to be seen in person to appreciate it. The variations in color make it all the more luxurious and custom.

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The gray wax also did a phenomenal job bringing out the intricate details in the dresser, particularly in the scalloped detail at the dresser's base. 

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I also lightly distressed the edges and knobs on the dresser, just to provide some contrast and to show off the original warm wood tones.  

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I'm exceptionally hesitant to put this up for sale, because so much creativity and love went into this particular piece, but keep an eye out. It may end up in my shop and on Craigslist.  And if it doesn't, you can bet I'm recreating this same look with more dressers in the future!