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Graphite Ombre Finish using Black Wax: Mid Century Dresser

Hey friends! here's another piece I finished a couple weeks back [I've really been slow to getting my pieces photographed and posted lately because the holiday season is MADNESS here!]  It's a mid century Bassett dresser, and it had a shoddy painted finish on it [and I can't seem to find any of the before pictures I took, classic] so I wasted no time and painted it immediately. I painted it in Annie Sloan's Graphite, and though I loved the color, it felt a bit flat. I knew I wasn't going to distress this piece [the technique just didn't suit for this piece], so I decided to try my hand at creating an ombre finish using a mixture of black wax and clear wax.

I applied Annie Sloan's clear wax to nearly the entire piece, with the exception of the base of the dresser and on the lower half of the bottom drawers, which I went on directly with the black wax. I treated it much the way I'd treat a painted ombre finish, and just slowly blended the black wax into the graphite finish, leaving the middle drawers with clear wax. The top drawers had a great retro inset to them, so I opted to accent that with more black wax.  [ALL THE WAX in this post!]  I just love how this piece came together. The mid century brass pulls pop beautifully against the dark finish, and the dresser feels so custom with my ombre wax technique.  I'll be putting this up for sale in the shop later today so contact me if you're interested in this piece of any other work I do!