HOW I CREATED A RICH ESPRESSO FINISH - with chalk paint



BUT DOES IT COME IN BLACK?
We all know AS Chalk Paint doesn't come in black and I wanted a nice dark rich finish. I only had AS Graphite to work with, which is a flat charcoal color. How was I going to pull this off.






I started by painting the top of the dresser with one coat
of ASCP Graphite over a medium colored wood finish.
Graphite was going to be too flat for what I wanted.


Once the paint dried I applied a liberal layer or 2 of ASCP 
dark wax. Above you can see the upper edge has dark wax on
 it and the lower edges is just raw graphite paint. I took a 
dozen photos to show you this and it's still iffy whether you 
can see the difference properly.


The dark wax takes a long time to dry if you do it rich and
 heavy. I let it dry for several days, buffing occasionally then
 adding a final coat of clear wax to give it a nice shine.




I added some well placed graphics to the drawers.
*Well placed* is an interesting term considering I tried 
several different ideas, in several different locations,
sanding away the mistakes in between attempts.
Each were drawn first and filled in with black paint pens. 



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