A little over a year ago my friend Lynn expressed a desire to have her bedroom painted, but was going to have to wait over a month to have the job completed. I talked to Verne, and we volunteered to paint it for her. She was hesitant at first, until we agreed that she could make us lunch in exchange.
In the process of painting, we learned that Lynn was going to kick this dresser to the curb. While it was a sturdy, old piece, she had spilled some fragrance oil on the top of it, and the paint was bubbling. I said I'd take it for my sewing room.
While it's generally unnecessary to sand when using Annie Sloan chalk Paint, I was afraid that the fragrance oil would bubble the new paint as well and sanded the top down entirely. And then I let the dresser sit. For a year. I knew I wanted to repaint it, but couldn't decide on a color.
Finally, after much hemming and hawing I decided on Chateau Grey. It's slightly green, but extremely neutral. I used two coats of paint, with several more coats on the sanded top and two coats of wax. I did a little sanding here and there where the wood was distressed anyway, but not too much.
Let me tell you, this dresser can hold quite a bit of fabric!