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Spool Legs and Graphite Chalk Paint

Spool furniture, also known as Bobbin Furniture, originated in the 17th century.  The shaped legs often looking like sewing bobbins were turned on a lathe.  The popularity of this leg goes in and out of fashion but we generally associate it with older furniture.  Who doesn’t love those spool beds that were common 60-70 years ago, such as this one found on Pinterest: spool bed

I found this unique dresser in a thrift store and was attracted to the legs and its different shape.  It was made by the North American Furniture Co. which manufactured furniture in Owen Sound, ON in the early 20th century.  The knobs on the piece seem incongruous with its age, so I am not sure that they are original.  The dresser had been stained a reddish-brown and given a shiny poly coat.  I decided to paint it in Annie Sloan’s Graphite- a great colour for a rustic, old look.  Graphite is not pure black but more charcoal and it looks good with dark wax and a bit of distressing.

graphite dresser#1

graphite dresser#2

I originally painted the knobs gold but they were too bright so I added copper gilding paste on top .  Now they have a bronze look.  The insides of the drawers were stained and dry looking.  I sanded them a bit and put some oil on them to revive the wood.  I could have painted them to freshen them up but decided to put paper inside.  I really like  wrapping paper that is made out of butcher’s paper; it’s easy to work with because it isn’t slippery but is still pretty.

graphite drawers

What I like about the dresser besides its shape, is that it can be used in multiple places.  It’s small enough for a hallway or would look good in a dining room.













12 thoughts on “Spool Legs and Graphite Chalk Paint

  1. I’ve popped over from Finding Silver Pennies and had to check your painted furniture out. I’m debating on what color to paint a chest of drawers we have in our bedroom and I’m debating about French linen, graphite and old white. I’ve got all Anne Sloan paints for this, but I’ve got until after the holidays to decide for sure. This is going to be one of my winter projects. Your graphite paint looks great with the blue walls. We have SW Interesting Aqua in our room. Decisions, decisions!

    • I think all those colours would look nice. In my post called Stretching a can of chalk paint, you can see various items that were painted with French Linen. There is a dresser in French Linen with a Graphite wash which is a great combination. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Stopping by from Friday’s Furniture Fix…I have used graphite before but I really like how it turned out on this piece. Looks great!

  3. Love this little piece! Love the spool legs and the color you chose is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this little piece of inspiration at Making Broken Beautiful this week! I do hope you will join in again next week! Have a great weekend!

  4. The spool legs look GREAT!!! And that color is fantastic. Thank you so, so much for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday- can’t wait to see what you’ve got next this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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