First, I removed the drawers and lightly sanded the chest. I used a hammer and a screwdriver to distress it even more. Then I painted it Peacock Blue by Benjamin Moore.
I then used a tobacco glaze to highlight the grooves and the distressing. I think I may still go back and add more glaze to make it more rustic. It is always better to go light with the glaze. You can always go back and add more, but it is very difficult to remove it if you have too much.
Once I put the furniture inside I decided to add a few gold highlights to help the detailing stand out. I had to replace the original knobs because one broke during our move. The bronze knobs will do for now but I think it would be pretty with glass knobs.
It was an easy projects, and it took two days to complete it. The most time consuming part was the drying time between coats. Please feel free to email me with any questions about the project!
Our Southern Nest
I had a few questions about where to get the glaze and/or how to mix it. Your local paint store (i.e. Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc.) will have glazes in stock. If they do not have the color you would prefer, ask them to mix a glaze for you. I needed a light brown color to glaze cabinets and could not find a premixed glaze that was the right color. I picked a color from a fan deck and asked to man behind to mix the colors in the glaze instead of the paint base. You can also mix equals parts of paint (in your preferred color) and clear glaze and get great results. I hope this helps!