Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

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Hello good friends!

Goodness have we have been extremely busy lately.  We have been working on launching our sales and service website www.cozyandworn.com and getting a lot of our distressed furniture pieces out on the showroom floor for sale.


Lots of work but lots of fun!

Not to mention just enjoying the great fall weather and activities with the kids.  They have enjoyed this year, maybe more than any previous year, and I have to say so have we.  We have already held a haunted trail at our house, enjoyed the annual Newsom Halloween party at Chris’ mom and dad’s, went to Trunk Or Treat at church, carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted marshmallows, watched It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield’s Halloween Adventure twice each and it isn’t even Halloween yet!

Anyway, for those who have been enjoying watching our journey of painting and distressing every piece of furniture in our bedroom, we haven’t forgotten about you!

Just as a recap we have been painting our bedroom furniture in a Confederate-type gray color, accented with a Williamsburg blue, with various shades of distressed color layers in white and dark charcoal.

So far in this bedroom series we have done:

There are 4 pieces left to show you, and although they are already complete we will put a new one or two up on the site per week until they are all out there, so you can see them one at a time.

So, without further delay here is the latest piece.  This was one of our chests that was very basic in color, but has some nice design work that turned out amazing.

Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and please share on your social sites!

We love having you as our guest.  Have a great Halloween week.

Angie and Chris

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest before and after

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  1. I’m looking at the beautiful chest you finished.
    I love the look… my question is about the darker color I see on the drawers. Is it wax? If so, what kind of was did you use? I’ve learned that waxes also have a ‘color’ spectrum (dark/light).
    Great job and GREAT blog.

    • Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comments.

      The dark accents that you see on this piece were done using what we call the “dry brush method”. You show you how to do it on this post. We dry brushed it with a dark charcoal gray (almost black).

      Those are the more apparent dark colors. The more subtle dark patina (which is merely an effect to age the paint) was done using our homemade dark wax. You can get our free dark wax recipe by signing up using the form in the sidebar at the top right of this page.

      Hope this helps. Happy painting!

  2. Hello! Thanks for the postings and the tutorials, this is exactly what we are looking for for some older furniture that we are going to be refinishing. The colors you used for the dresser are perfect for our space. I was wondering if you could tell me that the base color(s) are that you used. The color of the existing furniture is a medium pine color. We are wanting to get very close to the look on this dresser! Any help would be much appreciated! Dustin

    • HI Dustin,
      Thanks so much for your comments. We did our entire bedroom in those colors and it looks amazing. Some of the best work Angie has done.

      On the blue that we used for the trim it was a paint by Olympic, eggshell, named “denim”. It is a very smoky blue, some call it a “Williamsburg” blue.

      I am unable to locate the name of the gray at this time. It was also by Olympic. I can tell you that we were looking for a color that was as close to the gray of a Civil War confederate soldier uniform as we could find. Not sure if that helps, but keep that in mind when searching for your gray.

      If I can locate the color card I will shoot you an email and let you know.

      Let us know if you have any questions. Good luck. You will love that gray/blue look.


  3. Hi, I have 3 kitchen chairs that I want to repaint with chalk paint. The problem is it seems thay have been painted in white Acrylic paint over a dark cream oil paint. The white paint just peels off, that is why I think it is acrylic over oil as I know usually that wont work. Can I just paint them with Chalk paint over the acrylic, I think it wont work as the oil is still going to be a problem.Thanks for all your help and a great site. Oriel