Spring Painted Dresser

Hi all! I was asked by Country Chic Paint to be one of their guest bloggers a few months ago and I’m excited to share my first project collaboration with them here on Hometalk. If you haven’t used their paint yet, you should! It’s a chalk and mineral based zero VOC paint with a very happy color palette. Because it had been such a harsh winter here in the Boston area, I wanted to makeover this piece in a color that felt like…well…Spring. I started by combining the Country Chic colors Bliss and Elegance in a 50/50 ratio, giving me a nice turquoise. Country Chic paint is very easy to mix and covers extremely well.
Because I wanted to create a soft, weathered look on this piece, I thinned the turquoise out with water and applied the first coat very thin allowing some of the wood to show through. After that was completely dry, I applied a second thin coat. Because my goal was a soft, muted color, I added a wash of Vanilla Frosting after both coats of the Bliss/Elegance mixture were dry. I did this by mixing Country Chic’s color Vanilla Frosting with water in roughly a ratio of two parts paint to one part water. I then applied that over the turquoise, wiping off the excess and rubbing the white color into the turquoise to soften it. Creating a wash like this works especially well on pieces like this where the original finish was quite worn. Sorry I don't have a "before" pic!
In this picture I have applied the white wash to all of the drawers except the top large one.
Once the entire piece was coated with the turquoise mixture and the white wash, I moved onto sanding. I sanded the flat surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to ensure the piece was super smooth, blend the colors, and expose just a bit more of the wood grain. I then highlighted the details and edges by distressing them with sandpaper too. Finally, I finished the bureau with clear wax, a gentle buffing, and added large glass knobs.
After experiencing the snowiest winter in Boston history, I needed to feel a little bit of Spring. This bureau feels a bit like it to me, how about you?

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  • Claudia Claudia on Mar 25, 2020

    did you use "clear coat" from country chic? You said you used "clear wax" - just wondering

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