Hand Painted Indigo Blue Chest

Hand Painted Indigo Blue Chest

Finally, I'm back in the studio painting furniture! I've had this little pine chest for awhile. I had two of these chests because they make the perfect bedside nightstands and everyone always says they want two. I painted the pair in greys. But in this case, only one sold! So, I repainted the one that didn't sell in my favorite indigo blue colors.

 in my studio

in my studio starting to paint


Even though it was already painted, I sanded and painted the piece with two coats of tinted primer. Then I 'sloppy' painted on the indigo blue latex paint with the lighter color peeking through.

primed chest

tinted primer


indigo paint

Layers of blue with dry brushed browns


Since it had layers of paint on, I didn't want to sand down to the bare wood to distress it. Instead, I dry brushed a dark brown and a sienna over it. To tone down the bright color of the indigo blue, I wiped on a dark antiquing glaze. The piece is finished with a durable acrylic sealant in a satin finish.



faux distressing with dry brushing paint


antiquing glaze

wiping on antiquing glazes


I painted the drawers with a white with one coat. I didn't want to cover the grain.The handles are iron that I have painted black and sealed up so they won't rust. 


inside drawers

indigo chest

indigo chest


I am really loving this color and the rustic, distressed look of this little chest! If you are interested in buying it, click on this link to my shop!

Till next time!


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