Painting and Distressing Furniture – A Funky Chunky Highboy

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I love painting with rich, saturated colors so I was absolutely in my glory when I found out my friend’s daughter wanted them for her new dresser.

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I tend to hold back when I paint furniture to sell in the store, but I have way more fun doing pieces in bright whimsical colors.  After renting white places with white walls for nine years when I lived in Hawaii, I couldn’t wait to own my own home and bring it alive with color, especially in the kid’s rooms.

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This piece already had great bones but needed a good cleaning and a couple coats of TSP.

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I base coated it with American Paint Company’s Beach Glass, Home Turf and Orange Grove.

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Fireworks Red Shizzle Design Paint Studio American Paint Company highboy blue green red chalk clay dresser best ideas tips layering 4

 

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Once that was dry, I gave it a coat of APC’s Fireworks Red diluted a bit with water and distressed the heck out of it to show off the base colors and create a bit of whimsy.

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Fireworks Red Shizzle Design Paint Studio American Paint Company highboy blue green red chalk clay dresser best ideas tips layering 6 funky finish

Fireworks Red Shizzle Design Paint Studio American Paint Company highboy chalk clay dresser best ideas tips layering 7 Home Turf 1

Fireworks Red Shizzle Design Paint Studio American Paint Company highboy blue green red chalk clay dresser best ideas tips layering shabby funky finish 7

Post courtesy of Shelly Andrade at Shizzle Design in Michigan

 

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Comments

  1. Margaret Ingram says:

    I love this piece…and the technique :-)

  2. Hi!
    Have you ever used any of the yellows on furniture? I want to paint my kitchen table and chairs yellow. Does American Paint Co. have samples? Love your dresser.

    • American Paint Company says:

      It is best to view the colors in person if you can. You may want to contact your nearest retailer to see the colors, or if they are not close, see if they can send you sample swatch of the yellows. The yellows are all quite lovely!

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