Chest of Drawers


This was a lovely chest of drawers to work on, and was the first piece I completed.  A lot of it was trial and error as rubbing the top layer of paint needed a gentle touch, unlike working on a full size piece of furniture.

Distressed Chest of Drawers

The paint I used was Rust Oleum Chalky Finish.  The chest of drawers was painted with two coats of chalk paint, the first coat was Fire Brick with a top coat of  Sage Green.  The bottom draw was painted with a first coat of Sage Green. with a top coat of Fire Brick. I think it just balances out the colour and breaks up the green.


The biggest challenge was to find draw pulls to suit this furniture, they were made with pieces of a bracelet I took apart.  They do hang down a bit on to the next draw, but I like the effect.


The drawers were sanded down and just painted at the front, and waxed around the sides. I then lined them with sticky back green felt, giving it a neat finish.

Distressed Chest of Drawers




Distressed Chest of Draws

This is one of the legs, I was very pleased with paint effect on this, as it was so small.



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  1. Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
  2. Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
  3. When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
  4. Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.


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