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Going Gray: Paris Gray Dresser

Monday is making an unusually late premiere for me.  Perhaps it's because we had our Thanksgiving feast last night, so between all that turkey and prosecco, I was zonked [clearly a word that needs to make its way into my everyday vocabulary]. Anyway, enough about turkey and oversleeping...and onto furniture! 

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My turnaround on this guy was pretty quick.  I opted not to paint the top, because the wood was in exceptional shape and had a nice grain and stain to it, so it seemed like a crime to cover it up.

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All it needed was a bit of Restore-a-finish, and it was ready to go. I went with a slightly altered version of Annie Sloan's Paris Gray [lightened with about 25% Old White]. The result was a slightly warmer gray, which I thought suited the wood top perfectly.

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This dresser is solid oak, so when you look closely, the grain comes through the paint a bit , which adds a nice, rustic texture. 

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It didn't need much distressing or sanding, since the paint penetrated the grain of the wood easily, and I thought it looked best without much fuss. 

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This particular dresser is unique because the former owner customized it to create a pop down drawer, allowing for this dresser to double as an entertainment center, with a space for a dvd player and cable box and whatever other electronics you may have lying around. 

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Just posted it to Craigslist the other day, and I'm setting it up on my shop right now, so check it out there soon! Okay, back to sitting a spell with Watson over by the fireplace.  He's such a regal dog.