Dry Sink Painted in Vintage Cottage Green

Lavender bundles in basket on a Antibes Green cabinet.

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. My initial plan was to paint it white for a quick sale, but obviously as you can see in the lead photo, I changed my mind! I used my photo editor to boost the color for the lead photo, but you will see the true color in the "after" section below.

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. A large order of chairs was made in the early 1960's by Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House during a restoration. Some of the Tell City pieces are quite valuable, so if you have a Tell City piece then you might want to research it before painting it. As far as I can ascertain this particular cabinet is not a rare and valuable piece, so I went forward with my plan to paint it.

(If you're interested in reading more about the Tell City Chair Company, there is an awesome article HERE).

Tell City Chair Company manufacturer label underneath cabinet.

This is sort of random, but I took this photo during the beginning stages of this project. If you remember my TV armoire that I painted recently, this is a photo of the interior where I store my painting supplies. I had the cabinet open so I could see what colors I had on hand and sat there deciding on a color scheme.

Paint supplies stored in TV armoire.

OK back to the topic of this project. We had a heat wave hit the area, so I decided to paint indoors. I moved my living room furniture to make some room for painting. I initially planned to paint the cabinet white, but changed my mind and decided to add a pop of color instead.

Setting up an indoor furniture painting area.

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.


Dry sink painted in custom mix of Antibes Green Chalk Paint. I call the color Vintage Cottage Green.

The cabinet has a single drawer. The bottom doors open for additional storage. I painted the bottom shelf in Old Ochre. There is also an interior half shelf that I decided not to paint.

Interior of dry sink cabinet.

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

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

I added some highlights in Old Ochre and created some shading with Chateau Grey.

Antibes Green with Old Ochre and Chateau Grey.

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

I applied a small amount of dark wax. The shading was created with Chateau Grey.

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. The lavender is inspiring me to paint an upcoming project in purple.

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. The supply list does include affiliate links which doesn't cost you extra nor does it commit you to purchasing any item. However, it does contribute to the costs of running this blog and allowing me to continue to share my projects. Thank you so much for your continued support -- it is greatly appreciated!

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).

Hand painted furniture by The Black Sheep Shoppe.

Tell City dry sink painted in Antibes Green Chalk Paint.


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