Sunday, July 18, 2010

Painted Chest Redo

A few years ago we purchase a distressed red painted chest for our home in Alabama.  I loved the curves of the chest but thought the color was too dark for our current home.  I decided to repaint it, and I love how it turned out.  Here is what it looked like originally.
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!

Thanks,
Our Southern Nest

P.S.
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!





48 comments:

Nicole Jennings said...

I love this dresser! You did a wonderful job :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow! I love how this turned out. Great job.
Penny

our southern nest said...

Thanks ladies!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love any piece of furniture painted turquoise!. It turned out so pretty.

Mel said...

That's the bombe (sorry, I couldn't resist).

All of the details are perfect and overall an outstanding piece.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

That is one gorgeous Bombay dresser! Love the gold highlights... I'm a metallic fiend. :) Visiting from Remodelaholic.

Cassie said...

This is gorgeous!

Pieces of Dreams said...

Absolutely stunning! You did a wonderful job! Karen

Remodelaholic said...

We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.

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Our Southern Nest said...

How exciting! I am glad that you liked it and I can't wait to see it featured on Remodelaholic.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Beautiful! The gold accents were the perfect final touch! I love what you did with this piece! Gotta say it again...BEAUTIFUL!

Blue Creek Home said...

Coming over from Furniture Friday to tell you what a wonderful job you did on this makeover.
It looked good before, but the new finish is just delicious!
Rhonda

gretchen said...

your painted chest looks great!
thanks for the how-to-do-it, too.

Magic Brush said...

Wow!!!! Wonderful job!!! New to your blog....gonna look around. I am a furniture painting addict!!!! Come over and say hello sometime! Blessings, Jennifer

Restyled Vintage said...

wow, that is a stunning transformation! Thanks for the glazing tips, I am new to glazing and have been going too heavy-handed with it :( Also, I am a silver girl through and through, but I am in LOVE with the gold detailing you added to the dresser - just stunning!
xx Karen

thriftytickle said...

Beautiful curves and beautiful makeover. Please come by and link up to Vintage Suitcase Friday!

Janet said...

beautiful job, I adore that color!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

This is just gorgeous! Great job!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

That looks GREAT! Thanks for the tips and inspiration.
-Trish

moondiva said...

A stand out piece!!!! What did you use for your gold highlights and did you seal the gold &/or entire piece?

Deborah and the gang

Fiber and Fire said...

I saw your dresser on Funiture Feature Friday and it looks so great! I inherited a bombay dresser for my bedroom that I've been wanting to paint and I just love how yours turned out!

Our Southern Nest said...

Debra,
I used a metallic gold paint that I bought from Hobby Lobby and just dry brushed it around the edges.

Charlotte said...

You did a beautiful job ....the transformation is wonderful. Thanks for the tips on glazing....been wanting to try glazing but didn't know where to start.

Terri said...

Gorgeous re-do!!! I have a chest almost exactly like that one in green distressed colors!!! I am a sucker for these pieces of furniture!!!!! Yours turned out amazing!!! Congrats, Terri

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I am your latest follower, I love what you did to this bombe chest, and am glad miss mustard seed highlighted your project! One question..do you get nervous picking out a color that looks too bright? I know your plan is to knock down the color with glaze but I get nervous about going for a strong bright color to start.

Our Southern Nest said...

Amy, if I am not sure about a color I will buy the sample size and test it first with the glaze. Otherwise, I usually only buy a quart so I don't have much money invested in it. Also, the color of your glaze will effect your outcome. You may have a paint color that you think is too bright but a dark brown (tobacco) glaze will make it look much richer. If you have a paint color you love, but you would still like to glaze it without altering the color, you should use a lighter color glaze. Hope this answers your question and you can always paint over it if you don't like how it turned out.

Allison said...

Your chest is gorgeous! Your did an amazing job painting/glazing it. Really stunning piece. I was wondering what you used for the gold highlights?

Jen T said...

Your chest is beautiful (hahaha!) Seriously, great job - I'm following now too! Jen

Angela said...

I LOVE how the chest came out!! It's gorgeous!

dawnaclark said...

Visiting from Remodelaholic and love your chest.
I am in the process of doing a similar makeover to a beautiful wood desk I picked up at a rummage sale for $20!! (solid wood!) It's even finished in the back...like a ladies executive desk.
Anyway.....I am wondering how you avoid brush marks..I didn't see any! Also, what did you use to seal it?
Thanks so much and your boys are a crack up!! Love the binky!
Donna :)

Our Southern Nest said...

Dawna,
I used a high density roller to apply the peacock blue color and then used a brush to cover the places the roller could not get. I will use a satin poly to seal the chest. I do not want the chest to be shiny when I am done so therefore I will use a satin finish. Thanks for your question!

Our Southern Nest said...

Dawna,
I used a high density roller to apply the peacock blue color and then used a brush to cover the places the roller could not get. I will use a satin poly to seal the chest. I do not want the chest to be shiny when I am done so therefore I will use a satin finish. Thanks for your question!

Lady Bug said...

WOW...I painted a dresser almost the same color a few days ago but didn't know what to do to to make it look like I wanted because I knew to all the glaze stuff etc - and than I saw your dresser..thank you so much, I'll try to glaze it tomorrow!!

Wreaklamation said...

Hi -- love the dresser. It is really beautiful. Just a question -- did you spray paint it the blue or did you use a brush/sponge. Am getting ready to paint my first piece of furniture and am not quite sure about how to proceed.

thanks!

Wreaklamation said...

Hi. Love the dresser -- it is really beautiful. Just a quick question -- did you spraypaint it the blue or use a brush/sponge. I'm getting ready to paint my first piece of furniture and I'm not quite sure how to proceed. Also, the piece I'm doing is teal and turquoise now and I want it to look lighter than it does -- I'm thinking a nice green with a tobacco glaze -- I love the way yours turned out, but am going with greens and browns in the rest of the room so am not sure blue would work as a base. Do you think I should prime it first?

Thanks!

Our Southern Nest said...

Wreaklamation-
I did not spraypaint the chest. I used Behr paint and primer that you find at Home Depot. I took the Sherwin Williams Peacock Blue paint chip with me to the store and had them color match the swatch. I lightly sanded it first and then rolled the paint on with a high density foam roller for a smooth finish. I had to do two coats. I would prime first if you don't use the Berh paint and roll the paint on to avoin brush marks.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I think it turned out great. When it was dark, you could hardly see it.

Robyn said...

I am SO in LOVE with this CHEST! I've loved this type of chest since I was little...you are a LUCKY lady and I ADORE the color you painted it! AWESOME! Glad I saw this on Finding Fabulous. ;-)

Kim said...

I'm stopping by from FF. I love Bombay chests. You did a wonderful job painting it. It looks so much better in the space.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful piece! I love the color even without the glazing, but the end result looks wonderful! Nicely done.

Jennifer said...

I'm in love!!! so pretty!!! I'm your newest follower!!!

Take care!
~Jennifer

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Although I left a comment before, I am doing so again because I saw it on CSI and because I LOVE this chest! You did such a great re-finish. One of my all time favs.

Virginia said...

This is really a spectacular dresser! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

found you from remodelaholic . . . question - what exactly is the "gold" you mentioned? Dry brushed paint? Rub on glaze? And what sort of protective finish/topcoat did you use? A wax or a brush on sealant? thanks!

Our Southern Nest said...

The gold paint I used is a water based paint by Precious Metals. The color is 18 Karat Gold. I found it in Hobby Lobby in the craft paint sections. I used the dry brushing method to apply it to the chest. I seal the finish I used a wipe on sealer that I found at Home Depot. Thanks for your question and I hope this helps! :)

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Maryann said...

What a beautiful color! thanks for sharing the process. Love your blog!

Tammy S said...

Love the dresser, I have a dresser I just bought and they painted it black, how do I get that look? or do I need to completely get the black off?