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Adding Graphite Paint to a Mid Century Dresser

I love, love, LOVE this dresser! As soon as I saw a photo of it, I knew it was coming home. I have an amazing furniture scout [my mom!] who found this piece at a thrift shop. The drawer fronts have a beautiful wood grain, and other than the laminate top, the piece was perfect in my eyes. To make it feel more fresh and modern, I added two coats of Annie Sloan's Graphite chalk paint to the frame, sanding it smooth with an extra fine grit paper and brushing on a clear wax coat for protection and shine.  The cool, dark graphite brings out the warm wood tones and gave this piece a second life. Prior to finding this piece, I put together a new gallery wall, focusing on natural colors and textures. The paintings pair beautifully with the clean, simple lines of the dresser.  I added a few objects to the top for styling and to bring out the colors found in the art and in the warm tones of the dresser. This one is going to be a challenge to part just might be a keeper!  If I do decide to part with it, you'll find it in my shop!