Rustic Blue

This antique chest of drawers was one of our Valentine’s Day thrift-store treasures. We love prowling around Minneapolis during our dates—and finding this reminded us why!


She was just so cute, with those glass knobs and petite profile—and we got her for $10 at the Salvation Army.


I knew I wanted to refinish her into something rustic and French Country; but by then, I was bored to death of chalk paint and dark wax. Also, I wanted a layered look, and I wanted a pop of color. Blue, to be exact—and I was quite stubborn in this decision. Our other pieces have been done in gray, black and white–so safe! I had it in my head that I wanted Mediterranean blue, period!


I started this project by lightly sanding the surface, and then wiping it clean. I then dry brushed a very thin layer of white paint over the entire surface. After this dried, I then dry brushed the blue all over the piece in very thin strokes. (This layer also had to dry—doing a layered look DOES require a certain amount of patience and time!). After this dried, I distressed the corners and highpoints with sandpaper, knocking the paint down to the original wood just in these areas. I wanted it to look even more old, weathered and dimensional, and so I tried a technique I’ve been dying to try—staining over paint.


I used Minwax Jacobean stain, applying it in sections, and then wiping it off with a rag. The slight patina it added to the piece was exactly what I was looking for.


I let this piece dry for a few days before applying a Minwax clear wax for a nice, protective seal.


She has a different look than the other pieces we have done, but I really do love how it turned out.

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