This is how you paint a chest of drawers two tone gray. Furniture painted two shades of the same paint color just looks classy. Add spray painted drawer pulls to pull the look together.
This project started out one color and moved on to another color. In the end I'm glad I went with the gray and then a light white wash over specific areas of the chest of drawers. Sometimes changing plans mid stream is for the best. Remember, paint is an easy fix and easy to change.
The bottom drawer needed a little work but the JTS took care of that! The day I bought the chest I pictured it painted gray. But then I got to thinking it would be pretty in pink. I mixed Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone and Tricycle to get the pink color. I also added the bonding agent because I didn’t want the paint to chip.
I ran into a little problem. I ran out of paint. I didn’t have anymore Ironstone so I headed to my booth at the shop….and I was out of stock there too. Now I could have went with a latex paint in pink but I decided to go back to the original plan and paint the chest gray.
I once again mixed paints together because I didn't have the right shade of gray. If you don't have the perfect paint color on the paint shelf then mix your own. That's what I do about 50% of the time. Why buy more paint when you can work with what you have. I'm all about saving money.
This time I used Beyond Paint in pewter and I added Beyond Paint in off-white to lighten the pewter. I applied two coats of gray over the pink paint.
After the paint was dry I brushed a very light white wash over the body of the chest. The white-wash is off-white paint diluted with water until it’s really thin. I brush that on then immediately wipe it back with a rag….leaving a little of the wash behind. It’s something you have to play with but the process is really easy. The two tone gray paint finish is so pretty. I love the contrast.
Below is a video of another chest of drawers where I whitewashed the paint......
How To White Wash Painted Furniture
I distressed the hardware….who saw that coming. French Provincial hardware is my favorite but of course it's kind of girly and doesn't work on all furniture.
The white wash is very light and adds a soft romantic touch to the chest. Perfect for a girl of any age.
You might like this piece of furniture painted by my granddaughter under my supervision. Click here for details and the paint color.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com