This little chest of drawers was a freebie and as such has often served as a practice piece when I’m experimenting with a new technique. It’s small enough that painting can be finished in a day but large enough to get the full effect of the play of colors and layers of paint. You may remember it used to look like this, but it was needing a fresh look before I could move on to adding new color.
Nothing says clean and fresh the way color white does, but I’m not a big fan of a solid, one color, white, factory looking finish. All the scratches, dents and wear that make it interesting and are naturally found on a vintage piece require a paint finish consistent with its character. Shiny bright white is just not going to work here.
One of the things I love most about Chalk Paint is that you can layer several coats and not worry about it peeling or becoming too thick and plastic looking. I started with a solid coat of Old White and added shadows with Old Ochre, and highlights with Pure White. Clear wax to seal and no distressing. The result is a white that looks genuine, worn, faded, and naturally aged.
White never needs to be dull and boring. If you are on the fence about using everyone’s favorite neutral, be sure to check out my posts, Only Temporary, Mirror Image, and Why Not Just White. And later this week I promise to share some of the behind the scenes from last week’s video shoot.