Refinishing the Vintage Blanket Chest

When hubby inherited a blanket chest from his Aunt Marion, he put his foot down and told me I couldn’t touch it with a paint brush. Well, after several pieces of furniture got a makeover in our home, he relented to my constant begging to re-do the vintage chest. Here she is wearing her new colors …

Aunt Marion’s blanket chest now wears Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White
and a special mixture of Louis Blue and Paris Grey.
This is what the chest looked like before hubby gave in to my girlish charms.
I knew the detailing on the front would pop with some paint.
Puddy loves to watch me paint. Not sure why, but he always sits and watches.
I primed the chest with Duck Egg Blue. My original thought was to leave the top in Duck Egg Blue,
and put a coat of Pure White on the bottom, so that the Duck Egg would show through after distressing.
But then a trip to Carter’s Cottage for more vintage mirrors changed my mind.
Sitting in the store was a beautiful bench in Louis Blue and I just had to have that shade.
So I bought the Louis Blue, but didn’t want it too blue (for this particular room),
 so toned it down with a bit of Paris Grey. About 3 parts Louis Blue, 1 part Paris Grey.
Distressing reveals a little bit of wood, and a teeny bit of Duck Egg Blue.
There’s a surprising pinkish hue that came through from the wood.
You can see the Duck Egg Blue peeking through the top coat of Pure White.
The blanket chest sits atop a script-patterned bamboo floor mat.
I’m totally lovin’ these mats. I think they deserve a blog post of their very own.
I love the crisp, snowy whiteness of Pure White.
I used Old White in my dining room and I kinda wish I’d chosen Pure White instead.
After painting and sanding to distress the chest, I used clear wax over the Pure White.
I used both clear and dark on the Louis Blue, starting with a layer of clear wax.
I then used a different rag to very lightly apply the dark wax (dark goes a looong way!),
 and then used the clear wax rag to blend the dark and even it out.
Here’s an important tip I found out: If you apply too much dark wax,
dip a separate rag in the clear wax. Rubbing the clear over the dark will remove some of the dark.
(If anyone has other tips about using dark wax, please feel free to post it in the comments.)
I asked hubby to rate the “new” blanket chest on a scale of 1 to 10.
He gave it a 9.5, which is more than good enough for me!

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  1. Cute Mom! Looks so much better! I love the paint, it’s making me want to get some and redo my the distressed part! Gotta love distressed wood 😉 Wouldn’t be a post w/ out Puddy!

  2. Such a beautiful blanket box and what a fabulous paint job – looks gorgeous Jennifer!
    Victoria xx

  3. I agree it needed to be painted and you did it beautifully.Love the St. Louis blue with the white.And Puddy is so cute too!

  4. Great job! The blanket chest turned out so cute. Glad your hubby gave in and let you paint it.I like the bamboo floor mat, too.
    Happy Sunday,

  5. The details really pop with the new painted finish and it looks great on top of the bamboo rug!

  6. That is so much better painted and hope he realizes that. Men!

  7. What a great transformation! I love the color of the blanket chest and the technique you used.

    Very pretty. I give it a 10!!!


  8. That is VERY pretty! Nice colors too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love that this chest has legs…just gives it a whole new presence! It loves wonderful…great job…Shari

  10. adorable!

  11. Looks beautiful. Love the color combo. Thanks for sharing, liz

  12. I’d give it a perfect 10, but a 9.5 from a husband is pretty legendary! Such a cute piece and I love your color choices.

  13. I love how your chest turned out. Such pretty colors that show up the details on the chest so nicely. I give it a 10!
    Mary Alice

  14. Absolutely beautiful. I love the touch of blue/grey on the medallion. You did a wonderful job. Hope you have a great week.

  15. The blanket chest is absolutely beautiful, painted, Jennifer. Great job!

  16. Great transformation – it looks so much better with the paint!

  17. Aren’t you glad you painted it and gave it new life.

    Puddy like that gently movement of a paint brush I bet.

  18. You’ve sure got a knack for chalk paint, Jennifer. I recently painted a desk with Classic White, but I am feeling a bit ambivalent about the way it turned out. I do like the way you combined the colors. The blanket chest looks much happier now!

  19. Very pretty.

  20. You did a fantastic job and this chest is very beautiful!

  21. It looks so beautiful! I am your newest follower from the Networking Blog Hop! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see follow back 🙂
    Modern Modest Beauty

  22. Just perfect…I love the colors! Your rug/mat caught my eye – lovely!

  23. Wow! Look at all the details now in the wood. The blanket chest is beautiful.


  24. Love the colors you chose–it looks great!

  25. LOVE it…great color choices!

  26. You have given this chest a gorgeous new life!! Love the color~Angie

  27. I LOVE it! Great job.



  28. I gave it a 10!!! and the details do pop with the makeover. It’s lovely and I love what it’s resting on too. xo

  29. LOOOVE IT. i found you through the link party. hope you will follow me. i am following you.

  30. Hi Jennifer,
    Beautiful transformation. Its new coat of paint has certainly giving it a new life…Why is it with men and painted furniture? Hee, hee, hee…I have a grandfather clock that I have been wanting to paint but hubby says no…I guess I should turn up my girlish charms too 🙂 Anyway, also wanted to comment on that bamboo script mat, it’s gorgeous. I’ll be checking back for a post about them 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful day.

    Your newest follower,

  31. What a beautiful chest! You did a great job. You choose my favorite color combo. Thanks for linking up to Friday pretties.


  32. Love it! Beautiful combination. You can’t go wrong with any of the Annie Blues. 🙂

  33. Beautiful! The paint really gives it a light hearted, cottage-y feel. Love! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  34. This is making me realize that I HAVE TO get some new Annie colors!! The chest looks great! Maybe you can talk to MY husband about some of our wooden furniture!

  35. That turned out so beautiful! I haven’t tried chalk paint yet, but you’ve inspired me!

  36. Gorgeous piece. I love the colors and it’s just the right amount of distressing. Now I want to paint my cedar trunk like this. Thanks for showing it!
    Have a great weekend. Adding you to my follow list.

  37. I like it both ways. With it’s original stain or it’s new paint job, it looks marvelous! The trimwork and feet really make it unique. I’ve heard so many good things about annie’s paint.

  38. very very nice! you started with a great piece, but glad you painted it.

  39. love ur blog and all of your awesome redos! So awesome!Looking forward to seeing more! Hop on over and say hi if you have time! Have an awesome weekend!

  40. I love what you did with this chest!
    I recently painted two, but was not as bold as you and kept them all white. I will become a follower!

  41. Love lOve loVe lovE!

  42. i love it, it looks so good white. it would be great if you could stop by and link up to my party at

    thankyou so much xxxx

  43. I’m drooling over this! What an amazing job 🙂

  44. I am loving this chest – it looks amazing! I am picking up a blanket chest tomorrow and now that I am seeing yours, I am getting excited!!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  45. The paint really updated this beautiful piece and even brought out its highest qualities even better. Glad hubby relented.

  46. When the hubby says to paint it you have to do it. So many times my hubby and i have argued about different pieces, but then he always comes around. Love how it came out! Beautiful!

  47. linda mesa, já combinei com meu filho Vinicius para pintar a mesa da nossa sala de branco, adorei os enfeites

  48. You have given me some wonderful ideas! I am getting ready to paint an armoire that I bought at a yard sale. I found you through Where Bloggers Create and have enjoyed looking at all of your projects!

  49. Hi Jennifer,
    May I feature this piece in my “Meet Pure White” post. I would love to show what others have done with the color.

    Laura 🙂

  50. Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop
    this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  51. Beautiful! Stopping by from Saturday Night Special. 🙂

  52. What a gorgeous transformation!!!

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