Old? No, let’s say well-travelled. Paint expert assures us we can transform an aged chest of drawers into textured home decor; a reminder of tropical botanics and the painted shutters lining Amsterdam canals. While this rich green suits neutral shades and earthier tones, pair it with cool blues to emulate striking mid-century style.
What you will need
- Old chest of drawers
- Annie Sloan Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint®
- Medium-sized bucket
- Sanding block (medium coarseness)
Before you begin
Before you begin painting your set of drawers, remove the knobs. Keeping the knobs in their natural wooden colour will give your drawers an authentic vintage look.
How to paint your chest of drawers
1. Mix the paint colours ‘Old White’ and Amsterdam Green’ together in a medium sized bucket. Pour as much of each paint to achieve your desired colour. Note: to let that vivid green pop, be careful not be too liberal with ‘Old White’.
2. Apply the desired paint colour with your Pure Bristle Brush. Move your brush along the drawers with shorter, staggered movements to create a slightly rough finish.
3. After your drawers are completely dry, take a small wax brush and cover your piece in a thin coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax. Waxing before you begin to sand your drawers will create less mess and give you more precision in your sanding.
4. Once the wax is dry, use your sanding block to strip back the layers of paint on your set of drawers.
5. For an effect that will mirror the ‘natural ageing’ process, focus on sanding the areas of your drawers more commonly susceptible to wear and tear.
6. Brush one more coat of wax onto your set of drawers. This final layer ensures your piece is water-resistant and wipeable.