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Paloma…and a little Graphite

This is a photo of our newest listing – a spacious four drawer midcentury dresser.  I refinished it using a ‘new’ (for me) color from Annie Sloan’s paint line – Paloma.

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Paloma is such a cool color and I was excited to try it out.  Before starting this project, I debated on a color for this dresser.  I just finished another MCM piece which I redesigned in my favorite color, graphite, and although that color would have looked great on this piece (it looks great on all pieces) I wanted to branch out a bit and try something new. What I love about this color is its subtlety.  At first glance, depending on the lighting, this color may show up as a light lavender, yet when the sun hits it a certain way you can see a slight shade of gray – very close to a paris gray, which is another favorite of mine from ASCP.  This paint has a bit of a shimmer to it and gives the piece and the room it’s in a subtle pop of color.

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With this piece, as soon as I began my first coat of paint I was loving the color and all of its subtleties.  I was a little nervous, however, using this unique color because of the hardware on this piece.  I usually like to use the original hardware on any piece I refinish, but this hardware just wasn’t working with the overall look of this piece and I worried it wouldn’t work with such a unique color such as Paloma.  So, here’s where the Graphite (my favorite color) arrived to save the day.  I thought (hoped) that painting the original hardware with this dark charcoal color would enhance the overall look of this piece.  It’s the first time I have painted hardware, and although I have seen it done many times by other refinishers, I was a little nervous.  I knew, though, that this was the only hope for these knobs and pulls, so I got out some steel wool to rough up the hardware a bit and then started painting away.

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I’m loving the new look of this piece and can’t wait to try Paloma again on another piece soon.  What do you think?  Are you hooked on Paloma???

Best,

Grove Job Shop

UPDATE: We’ve restyled this piece just a bit more since writing this post.  Read more about it here.

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