Perfect Imperfections…Let them shine!

Our house has been crazy for the last few weeks! School is back in session, and like so many of you, I’m struggling to adjust to the schedule changes. I’ve also been prepping for a 2 day drive with my family of six to Idaho. Our baby girl is saying “I do” {that still doesn’t seem possible} and we couldn’t be more excited! With all the busyness, I decided to not schedule any custom work for the rest of the month. That gave me a chance to pull from my unpainted selection and just be creative.

Other than a few chips in the veneer and minor cosmetic flaws, this chest was in great shape! It was part of a set I picked up at an estate sale months ago and I’ve been itching to get my hands on it!

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I seriously got lost in this piece and didn’t take any “in process” pics. I knew before I got started I wanted a layered finish but I also wanted a chippy texture in some areas. You could use milk paint for this but you can also achieve the look with Websters! Since that’s my go-to and I know I can better control the chipping with that medium, that’s what I used. I mixed two batches of paint, Benjamin Moore’s Amulet and Mascarpone. After cleaning the piece, I lightly dabbed Daddy Van’s where I wanted the wood to show thru. This prevents the paint from sticking to the wood in that spot. I painted a layer of Amulet first, then dabbed some Elmer’s Glue around the areas I waxed. This caused my next layer, Mascarpone, to crack. Once all the paint was dry, I distressed it with a fine grit paper and, in some spots, I scraped it with a razor. I kept the drawers solid Amulet because the contrast was so pretty!

Keep in mind, this is faux technique and with any faux finish, the results will vary. In fact the Elmer’s Glue barely the paint in a few spots. I’d suggest practicing on a sample board if you are unsure how the finish will look. I personally like the unexpected! To me, it’s like allowing the piece to speak for itself!

I was so happy with what this one said in the end!

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

I LOVE the chippyness!
Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

I used Daddy Van’s Decorative Wax to accent the top drawers.

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

I also used Daddy Van’s on the hardware! The one on the left was still dull after washing so I used a little Sweet Orange Oil Wax to liven it up.

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom CreationsMy favorite part though…all the perfect imperfections!
Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Instead of filling the dents and repairing the veneer, I highlighted each and every “flaw” I could find! Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Chippy, Layered Paint Technique by A to Z Custom Creations

Here’s to allowing imperfections to shine, allowing “flaws” to tell a story and finding beauty in it all!

Smooches!

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Comments

  1. I am in LOVE with the way this piece turned out! I have a very similar dresser and I’ve been trying to decide if I want to paint it or restain it. After seeing how beautiful your dresser turned out, I think I might just have to paint it.

    • Oooh! It can be a tough choice! This one was begging to be lighter and just had to hold onto the flaws that made it so perfect! I hope your piece dictates it’s finish and I hope you fall in love! I can’t wait to see it, Sharon! Thank you for your kind words! xo

  2. Hope Williams says:

    First, congratulations on your daughters upcoming wedding. I pray it is absolutely every thing she dreams it to be.. Wedding wishes for her new family and the next step of her journey.
    This piece turned out stunning! You nailed this one perfectly. A great piece with a beautiful story and it has one to tell.
    Blessings to all, Hope

    • You are a sweetheart, Hope! Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes! My eyes are full of tears…I’m such a crybaby these days! Blessings to you! Angela

  3. Suzanne Beavis says:

    That is lovely! You did a wonderful job.

  4. I was surfing around Pinterest when I did a double take of your dresser. I just recently redid the same one. My wasn’t in as good of shape as yours (lots of chips in the veneers and both fronts of the feet were badly chipped). I redid mine in ASCP Napoleonic Blue, clear and dark waxes, and then highlighted the carvings with gold gilding wax. I polished the hardware – it has to be my favorite hardware on any piece I have worked on yet! It turned out gorgeous – I had a hard time giving it up. Great job!

    • Ooh! Yours sounds gorgeous too!! I love gold with rich blue :) I agree, the hardware on this piece is just amazing! I can’t want to get my hands on the vanity! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  5. did you wipe the area where Daddy Vans went after coat one, and did you allow coat one to dry completely before the glue and coat two? And did you use any wax on it in the end to brown up the drawers?
    I love it, what a beautiful piece!

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