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Before and [sort of] After: Graphite Nightstands

Hey friends! I took a couple days off from the blog to focus on some outstanding painting projects. I'm trying to get things done before it's vacation time next week, and I'm just about finished with this custom pair of nightstands. Here is what they looked like when my client dropped them off:

They're solid pieces with traditional lines and loads of potential. My client isn't a fan of the chippendale drawer pulls, so she's on the hunt to find an alternative style.

I'm loving this shade of graphite! Annie Sloan's Graphite chalk paint is a charcoal gray with a naturally blue tint depending on the light. Sometimes I'll darken the color to achieve an almost black tone with dark wax, but my client wanted to play up the tones of blue.

This color takes about two coats for good, solid coverage. This is a photo of the drawers after just one coat of paint. If you look closely, you can see the wood still peeking through in parts. 

Sometimes, that can be enough if you're looking for a more rustic look, but I went with full coverage for these. 

This color is a perfect alternative to other classic neutral colors, and it has enough depth and dimension, so it doesn't need much dolling up with distressing. I just went with the faintest bit of sanding down to the original wood along the drawer edges and top. 

They're not quite done, since my client requested a matte polyurethane finish so I'll work on that this week. I also wanted to photograph the nightstands with some of the original pulls on. I personally like the look of the brass against the gray-blue, but I could see a more oil rubbed bronze working nicely too.

Contact me if you've got a piece of furniture that needs painting! Want to learn how to create this gorgeous color and finish? Sign up for one of my upcoming Chalk Painting classes!