Chest Makeover + Layered Paint Technique


Do you like to layer?

Layered paint colors can give a plain piece of furniture so much more character, and this technique is even easy for beginners because there’s no right or wrong way to do it.

This yard sale chest isn’t even real wood, but it almost doesn’t even matter since it turned out so pretty!  I may be biased but I think the After looks like an antique French chest.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

First I lightly sanded away all the dark painted areas until there was only cream/light brown left.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage*Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday – stick around to see my talented friends’ projects at the end of this post.  Also this post contains some affiliate links, at no extra cost to you, so you can easily find the products I use and recommend. 

How to achieve the layered paint look:

After sanding, I painted a layer of white (Pure White Chalk Paint) covering most of the entire chest, then gray (Fusion Mineral Paint in Pebble) mostly covering the white, then more white to cover some of the gray.

I painted black (rather sloppily) over all the raised areas and most of the edges.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

Then I cleaned up the black by painting white next to the raised edges, and then dry brushed white paint over all the black repeatedly until it was just faintly visible.

I wanted to accentuate all the interesting details but not have too much of a contrast.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

The final step in the layered paint process is to sand, sand, sand till your heart’s content.

Gently sand to let each of the paint layers be visible – a little more around the raised parts and the edges for a naturally distressed look.  (I use 220 grit sandpaper for this part.)DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

Finally, I added an image transfer (available Here on Amazon) – read Here on how to do an easy image transfer like this – and then protected it with Tough Coat topcoat.

And here’s how the chest makeover turned out…

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

This layered paint technique can turn a plain, outdated piece into one with lots of character and depth.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

The original crackled, textured finish ended up working well with the paint layers.

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

The inside is covered in plum velour-like fabric, which is in good condition and only needed wiped down.
DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

You can Pin this photo to easily find this tutorial later:

DIY chest makeover with easy layered paint technique tutorial. Girl in the Garage

Leave me a comment letting me know if you’ve tried this layered paint technique before. Then Share this post so that others can be inspired too.  🙂

This chest will be available at the Hunt and Gather vintage market this weekend (July 14-15) in Crown Point, IN.  Hope to see you there!

Now it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my friends – let’s see what creative makeovers they’ve come up with this month!

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are the Before photos – click the links underneath to see the After photos and read about how they did it.

Trash to Treasure Makeovers - July 2017
1. Prodigal Pieces
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. Bless’er House
4. Artsy Chicks Rule


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8 Comments on Chest Makeover + Layered Paint Technique

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    July 11, 2017 at 4:05 am (2 weeks ago)

    It’s fantastic! I love the new look, Jen, so chic. You know me, I love my layers! Pinning this gem. 🙂

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    • Jen
      July 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm (1 week ago)

      Thanks my dear! xo

      Reply
  2. Paula
    July 11, 2017 at 7:06 am (1 week ago)

    Good luck with your market this weekend, Jen. I hope you go home with an empty trailer!
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    • Jen
      July 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm (1 week ago)

      Thanks, Paula! I hope so too! I’ve been painting my arms off! 🙂

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  3. Rose L.
    July 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm (1 week ago)

    I did like the top of the chest before painting, just not the front. But it also looks nice with the new look.
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