First step was lightly sanding the finish and priming it with a good quality primer. I like to use the water based Aqua Lock Plus. It can be tinted to your color and covers well. I paint two coats to create a blank canvas.
If the inside drawers are clean, I usually do not paint them. I don't want to cover the antique wood with its patina and warmth. You can see the old solid pine wood, dovetailed drawers and nice detailing around the drawers in this piece.
So, my plan was to paint the chest a pastel blue-green. I let the cream primer peek through.But, it still did not show the piece well. A bit blah! I was looking for some inspiration and found it in the fabrics I recently bought to sew pillows. Indigo blue! Of course, that's it. As I was painting, I kept thinking of an old pair of jeans with the white threads showing through the blue.
After the blue paint layer dried, I sanded it to reveal either the wood or pastel layer. After looking at it, I realized I removed too much blue paint! So, I went back and added some more blue. Next step was applying a tinted brown glaze to antique and 'dirty up' the chest. Once dried, a top coat of a satin acrylic seals and protects the finish.
I'm happy with how it turned out and hope you like it, too! For more details, or if you are interested in purchasing, just visit the Vintage Indigo Chest listing in my online shop. I would love to hear your opinions on this redo. Which do you prefer, the before or after?
Till next time!