Botanical Chest

By Mitzie Tibbets, Owner/Designer at JoyUs by Design in VA.

This little beauty has so many details. I knew using many techniques and mediums would bring it to life. My creativity kicked in full gear.  First, legs were needed to add some sass. They really gave this piece sweet charm. Next up, the doors had great curves but needed detail. I used this beautiful botanical paper and decoupaged to the door fronts using Mod Podge.  See how the paper gently hugs the curves?

On the body and inside cabinet, I used a paint layering technique using American Paint Company Chalk Paint in Voyage and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, Old Ochre, and a custom mix of both. I sealed everything with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. The drawer, inside cabinet, and back were stenciled.

My all time favorite glaze is General Finishes Glaze Effects in Van Dyke Brown. It highlights all the imperfections and ages this piece beautifully. This amazing glaze was used on the entire cabinet.   I just love the harlequin pattern on the sides, the way it looks like it has been there a while and how the glaze brings out the details.

The hardware was the finishing touch. Extra creativity is what makes this chest elegant, charming and a one-of-a-kind treasure. What a charmer!




Products Used

  • General Finishes Glaze Effects/Van Dyke Brown
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/Old Ochre, French Linen
  • American Paint Company Chalk Paint/Voyage
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • Mod Podge

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