I found this solid oak dresser at the Santa Cruz Flea Market recently. It had a worn, orange finish, but beautiful hardware and lovely details.
I love painting oak furniture with Chalk Paint® because its open grain looks beautiful peaking through the paint. The technique I used on this piece is called dry brushing. I applied one light coat of French Linen Chalk Paint with one of Annie Sloan's fabulous, natural bristle, oval brushes. Using very little paint, I worked it in and blended it with the brush to get a very thin coat, allowing the wood grain to show through. In the past, I have used Chalk Paint® thinned with water (a wash), to get this effect, but I prefer dry brushing because sometimes the wash is uneven and does not adhere as well to furniture with a shiny finish.
|One Coat of French Linen, Before Waxing|
After letting the paint dry, I applied Annie Sloan's Clear Wax and then Dark Wax to enrich the color.
|After Applying Clear and Dark Waxes|
I also dry brushed all the hardware and applied dark wax over them for a beautiful patina. The paint and wax really brought out the details on the drawer pulls.
This finish is easy to achieve, and although simple, it really accentuates the beautiful craftsmanship of this well-built piece of furniture.