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What have I been up to this week?  The beach 🙂Beach House

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Welcome to The Painted Drawer Link Party!

We all love the true “before and after” on this blog and last week’s features won’t let you down! They epitomize what talent, creativity and vision can do. Let’s party!TPD-mediadivider

RPK Interiors shows what talent, vision and paint can do.RPK InteriorsTara Grangroth Designs created a floral, Anthropologie Inspired Dresser.Tara Grangroth DesignsSaw Nail and Paint transformed a dresser and side table in blue.Saw Nail and PaintA Junkchick Life lucked into one lucky haul.  Jealous!A Junkchick LifeHoney and Roses took a newly built, oak tv stand and transformed it with paint!honey and roses


Time for The Painted Drawer Link Party!

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Paint Color Highlight – Annie Sloan Old Ochre with a Wash of Old White

This week, I’m sharing one of my all time color combo favorites – Annie Sloan Old Ochre with a wash of Old White.

Here is the Chest on Chest dresser. The entire piece was painted in Old Ochre and sanded with a 220 grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface.  Then a wash of Old White was applied and it was sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax.  I hope you can all see the Old Ochre peeking out underneath the wash of Old White.

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I also used this combo on the Baker Secretary.

Old Ochre was applied over the entire piece and Old White was used as a wash only on the drawer and cabinet door fronts.  I really like the slight contrast it created.Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary Baker Vintage Secretary www.thepainteddrawer.comHere is a tutorial I made on how I apply a wash.

Have a great weekend!

The Beach Chic Dresser – My Home

The Beach Chic Dresser has been placed in the perfect spot – my foyer!  It is still for sale but until I have to say goodbye, it is looking stylish when you walk through my front door.Beach Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comBeach Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comBeach Dresser7
Sunburst Mirror www.thepainteddrawer.comBeach Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comBeach Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comBeach Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comThe best part of my job is getting to rearrange my home constantly.  I know it is crazy – and don’t tell my son – but I love moving my pieces all over my house!

Taylor Swift was fantastic btw!  What a night!

The Beach Chic Dresser is on Etsy and Shop Furniture/Dressers

Paint Color Highlight – General Finishes Corinth Blue with Glaze

Last year, I stumbled across a way to create a gorgeous, peacock blue and thought to share it today on the Paint Color Highlight series.

I was experimenting with this little Eastlake dresser and first applied a few coats of General Finishes Corinth Blue milk paint.  The details were highlighted in Martha Stewart Gold and then the Burnt Umber glaze was rubbed all over it.  The glaze toned it down and created a gorgeous peacock blue!
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It’s always fun when a piece is totally transformed!  On this piece, I applied the glaze directly onto the paint, without a sealer applied first.  It really soaked into that blue because of it.

I made a YouTube tutorial on the process.

What paint can do ♥General Finishes Cornith Blue dresser

Layering with General Finishes Milk Paint – A French Dresser


What a week of graduations and end of year celebrations!  I am itching to get started on my Griege Cabinet but this week has not cooperated.  Instead of sharing a new project, I shall have to share this post from the spring of 2014.  It’s all about layering with General Finishes milk paint.  It was a fun piece to work on and I learned a lot while experimenting!TPD-mediadivider

Who says you can’t layer with milk paint?  Actually, I did.  At least I used to think it.  However, I have proved my theory wrong and have layered and waxed and glazed away on my latest piece, the French Basil Dresser.

This is a gorgeous piece of furniture made by Drexel Heritage.  It has curves and charm galore and gorgeous hardware.  However, it was not in good shape.

Here is a quick before…  20140423_111430

A lot went into this piece!  Here goes folks!

I first applied a coat of General Finishes Antique White.  I then allowed that to dry and applied two coats of GF Basil.  After sanding back and distressing, I used a clear wax (Annie Sloan) because I wanted to deepen the hue.  However, it still wasn’t quite right.  I went for the General Finishes Winter White glaze to add some more dimension.  After using a cloth to wipe it back and allowing it to dry, I again sanded to distress.  This allowed the wood to pop through.  After refinishing the top, I applied General Finishes Gel Stain for a fantastic finish.


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Layers upon layers of goodness!

Paint Color Highlight – Spring Colors

The temps are definitely warming up here in Maryland which means spring is here!  Today’s paint colors are like those of a freshly dyed Easter egg!

This buffet is – hold your hats – Behr latex paint.  It is their paint and primer in one and costs roughly $15.00 for a quart.  In the past I only used latex paint as that is all there was!  It’s a lot easier now that the primer is right in it.  I have a Benjamin Moore color wheel that I take to my local HomeDepot and they match the color for me in their Behr Paint line. The Spring Buffet was done in Summer Showers with a glaze.easter

Here we have another true spring color – yellow!  In particular, Somerset Gold from General Finishes.  This is a pretty yellow that isn’t too bright and isn’t too mustard.SomersetGold

There is nothing more Easter egg than the Peacock dresser.  This was painted in General Finishes Corinth Blue with their Burnt Umber glaze.  Such a stunning color!Peacock Dresser

Of course, pink must be included in our spring series!  Here is Annie Sloan Antoinette.  A lovely soft pink that is pale and has just the right amount of pink in it to create a soft look.Pink Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comWe can’t do spring colors without including Annie Sloan Provence.  What a fantastic shade of blue that is perfect on its own and as a wash can change up a whole look.  My favorite of her colors.Provence VanityAh!  We didn’t get to green!  OK, one more.  Annie Sloan Antibes Green. Such a bright pop of color and a so fun to work with.  The Emerald Dresser.Emerald DresserAnother Paint Color Highlight post next Saturday.  Enjoy your weekend!


The Best of 2014!

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I hope you all have a wonderful time tonight ringing in 2015!  A Happy New Year to you all and all the best for the year to come!  Thank you so much for making 2014 a great year for The Painted Drawer.  I have great expectations for 2015 and am excited to get it going!  First let’s say goodbye to 2014 with my favorite piece and favorite post!

Number 1: The Florence Dresser
There are many reasons why I made this my top choice.  It was a very difficult project and took me in many directions before it all came together. I used Annie Sloan Florence and General Finishes glaze in Van Dyke Brown to create the look.  I originally applied the glaze directly onto the chalk paint – HUGE mistake!  I learned that applying glaze directly onto chalk paint creates a very streaky look (Glaze vs. Wax).  I ended up painting over it and then used clear and dark waxes prior to applying the glaze.  After all of the work, I was thrilled with the result!Florence



Florence www.thepainteddrawer.comNow to the top post of 2014!  I wrote this back in December of 2013 and it remains my top post in 2014 – Whitewashed Brickwashwhitewashed brickwash9Happy New Year!

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