Vintage Chest of Drawers: Custom Mix of Chalk Paint

Vintage chest of drawers painted in a custom mix of Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).

I found this chest of drawers in a thrift shop. It had some surface damage but was otherwise in good structural condition. I wanted to give it a new look that would work well with a variety of styles (farmhouse, cottage, coastal, or shabby chic).


First I applied an all-over base coat of Coco. The base color adds a subtle dimension to the overall look after sanding and distressing.

Apply a base coat for a subtle effect after sanding and distressing.
Next I prepared a custom mix of Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey (about 50/50).

Mixing chalk paint: Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey
Mixing chalk paint: Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey

The result is a soft grey with blue undertones. (Or blue with grey undertones -- you decide.) I applied this to the side panels and drawer fronts.
Custom mix of Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey was applied to the side panels and drawer fronts.
Custom mix of Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey
was applied to the side panels and drawer fronts.

The top and the trim were painted in one coat of Old White with an additional bit of dry brushing of Coco.

Base coat of coco, followed by a light coat of Old White  with additional Coco dry brushed over top.
Base coat of coco, followed by a light coat of Old White
 with additional Coco dry brushed over top.

Because I planned to sand back much of the paint I only wanted to apply a thin coat of paint. So I used an angled vintage effects paint brush which allowed me to easily apply the paint into the corners and tight spots while still providing excellent control of the amount of paint applied. I lightly sanded the entire piece to allow some of the texture of the original finish to show through.

Paint sanded back to allow the texture to show through.
Paint sanded back to allow the texture to show through.

I sealed the paint with soft clear wax and then applied a light coat of dark wax for added dimension.

The paint was sealed with clear wax. Dark wax was added for extra dimension.
The paint was sealed with clear wax.
Dark wax was added for extra dimension.

The drawer pulls were painted in one coat of the Duck Egg / Paris Grey mixture and then given highlights of Old White.

Drawer pulls painted with custom mix Duck Egg Blue and Paris Grey. Old White used to add highlights.
Drawer pulls painted with highlights.

There was natural wear from use over time, so I followed that pattern when determining where to apply distressing to the paint.

Work the natural wear and tear into the design.
Work the natural wear and tear into the design.

Before and After: Vintage chest of drawers.
Before and After: Vintage chest of drawers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I've been busy working on renovating / refreshing a rental property, so I haven't had much time to post here on the blog. It was a much bigger project than we first imagined. But I was able to get a few furniture projects completed in the midst of the renovation, so I'll work on getting photos ready to post.

Supply List

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