Thursday, February 9, 2017

Before and After : Layered Blue Farmhouse Style Dresser - with Tutorial

I realized I have a TON of Before and Afters ahead of me, so I will keep these next few posts a little more brief! For this layered look shabby chic or modern farmhouse style dresser, I knew that I wanted to try out blending, layering, and distressing several different colors, especially ones I hadn't used in a while! I ended up selecting Annie Sloan Chalk Paints in Olive, Country Grey, Cream, Old Ochre, and Provence. I knew that I wanted to have an overall impact of a fairly solid overall color, so Provence was the main body color.

Read on to see how we got this look!

Of all these colors, at least one remnant was actually dried. When I first started painting, I had a little bit harder of a time getting the cans to seal well! Over the years I've gotten to be a little more competent with not getting the rims as full of paint, so they seal better :)

For this piece, I put a little of each color onto a plate and let them blend together slightly on my brush. I would sometimes paint a solid area, and sometimes drag through multiple colors at once. Here is what the first coat looked like - super Southwestern colors!

After I had done an overall coat on the whole dresser, I went back over with another layer of color, focusing more heavily on the Provence blue. In some areas I dry brushed a third coat as well.

I distressed pretty heavily at the edges, and for some areas wet the area first to get more of a "chippy" look. Because the paint was so complex, I left the original vintage bronze on the hardware to ground and balance the piece. I totally loved the overall effect!

What do you think? Do you love super distressed pieces? Subtle edge distressing? Clean and solid? Let me know - I'd love to hear what speaks to you!

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