Dry Sink Painted in Vintage Cottage Green

Modernize your old furniture with a splash of color.

Today's project is a vintage dry sink that I purchased recently at a resale shop. Luckily it was in great condition so no major repairs were necessary, however, one of the drawers was missing a knob, so I replaced them with new knobs.

Tell City Chair Company dry sink.

The manufacturer's label underneath the cabinet reads "Tell City Chair Company". The company was in business as early as 1865. The company's earliest production for many years was only chairs, but they expanded into other furniture in the 1950's.

Tell City Chair Company manufacturer label underneath cabinet.

I created a color that I call "Vintage Cottage Green". It's roughly equal parts of Antibes Green and Old Ochre. The color will darken a little after it dries and deepen a little after clear wax is applied.

Vintage Cottage Green is a custom mix of Antibes Green and Old Ochre Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.


Thrift store boring to vibrant style.

The replacement door knobs have just a bit of sparkle in gold.

Replace knobs to give the piece a new look.

Here is a close up that shows more of the painted details. I added some highlights in Old Ochre and created some shading with Chateau Grey.

Use color to add highlights and shading.

I added a small amount of dark wax to the corners and crevices.

I added a small amount of dark wax to the corners and crevices.

This photo gives a closer look at the shading created with Chateau Grey. The inside of the dry sink is painted in Old Ochre with a wash of Coco. I gave the cabinet a few quick spots of sanding here and there to slightly distress the paint.

Close up view of painting technique created with Chalk Paint.

I think this photo also shows the details of the techniques used on this project.

Custom mix of Chalk Paint in Antibes Green.

For such a bold color the green surprisingly works great with a wide variety of colors. I had a hard time choosing what color scheme to stage it with, but in the end the lavender looked the best to me.

Lavender bundles on dry sink painted in Antibes Green Chalk Paint.

Lavender bundles.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Black Sheep Shoppe today. I hope you enjoyed the project. I'll include a supply list below at the end of the post.

Basket filled with lavender on Antibes green dry sink cabinet.

Supply List (includes affiliate links):

Chalk Paint products: Antibes Green, Old Ochre, Chateau Grey, clear wax & dark wax
Vintage Effects paint brush (this is my go-to brush for vintage furniture)
Sanding block
Replacement door knobs (these were in my stash; I think I bought these at Hobby Lobby).

Learn how to get the look you want with paint.

Dry sink painted with Antibes Green chalk paint.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! This will be the perfect project for my newly built kitchen cupboard for my 1938 Adobe home... <3

  2. Hi! I have this exact same Tell City dry hutch and want to paint it with chalk paint. Did you sand or do any prep to the piece before applying the chalk paint?

    1. It's a small world Shanna! I cleaned and lightly sanded the hutch prior to painting with chalk paint. I used the Annie Sloan brand which doesn't require a primer, but for added protection you could also apply a base coat of primer.


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