Rococo Commode

Two Pair

Some things are so extraordinary….. they inspire that creative spark instantly!  The lines, curves, the hardware, and those colors. This French commode (found on Pinterest) provides the perfect muse for a lover of paint and color. A pair of blues (Napoleonic and Greek) and a pair of greens (Florence and Antibes) of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, layered  and blended, will give you the same stunning finish. Apply plenty of gilding wax and lightly distress the edges. If your vintage chest has Rococo pulls and escutcheons, your work is finished.

If you love anything Rococo, you will want to see these posts you may have missed. Rococo Chest, Past Perfect, and  Scandinavian Pink

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. You have to see how gorgeous it is! Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online


P.S  Pure and Original also makes a chalk based paint called Classico in 140 colors! Its amazing too!






i love the blended colors. can you give a brief instruction on how to layer the colors? Do you wipe them off while tackey with a rag and which color do you start with first?

Leslie Stocker

Hi Becky,
This photo was found on Pinterest, I didn’t paint it, but it would be very easy to do with Chalk Paint. I would just layer the colors, leaving gaps where you want the under colors to show through. I’m more of the school of keep adding paint until you get the look you like. But many people prefer to paint more heavily and use a damp rag to “wet distress” and wipe paint off. Its really a personal preference, you can get the same result both ways.I usually start with the dominant color and add to it.If you add layers while the are not quite dry ,it’s easier to blend the edges where the colors meet.I hope this makes sense. The great thing about Chalk Paint is that you really can’t make a mistake because adding a little paint at any point is not a problem. Good luck with this and I would love to see how it turns out. Thanks for writing. I love getting questions.

becky mcalpin

can you give brief instruction on how to blend the colors? Which color is used first?


This beautiful commode (and your helpful tips) inspired a piece I created, and the result was quite amazing. Looking forward to your future posts, keep the inspiration coming!


Hi Leslie this is a little random but I bought Annie Sloan Paloma chalk paint to paint some old pine my dad had, I had spoke to Annie on Instagram before buying and asked her would it def come up greyish which it never it’s pure white, could you help me I’d love to get it up grey, can I used another dif chalk paint over the top maybe paris grey or something or what am I best doing I’m so annoyed 🙁

Jill Reed

What is gilding wax and where do I find it? I love this look and have done it before (although not as beautifully) but no knowledge on gilding wax.


I was like taking a minute to see random items when your project flashed on my screen. It took my breath away and got my creative juices flowing–thank you for this great pleasure you have created!

Patty Bryant

I would like to know how to blend the colors and which color do I start with?


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