Vintage Chest of Drawers: Custom Mix of 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.
|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.
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.
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.|
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 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 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.|
|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.
Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (Coco, Duck Egg Blue, Paris Grey, and Old White). Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders! If you live near a stockist I encourage you to visit in-person to get advice and inspiration. If you prefer to order online I have used and recommend either Fleurish Home or The Purple Painted Lady.
- Wax (clear soft wax & dark wax)
- Flexible sanding pad, 220-grit sand paper, and tack cloths (for quick removal of sanding dust.)
- Shop towels (for removing excess wax)
- Wooster Vintage Effects paintbrush (2" angled china bristle)