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Creating a Rustic, Layered Finish on Furniture in Aubusson Blue and Chateau Gray

As I start painting new pieces this year, I've decided to start working with different techniques and paint combinations.  I've mentioned not being thrilled with painting furniture mostly in white and gray, and even though those still continue to be my best sellers, I like to have a diverse selection and I get so much more gratification from creating a truly custom finish on pieces.  With this dresser, I opted to be a bit more creative with my technique and I LOVE the result!

This dresser was already painted in an olive paint color. It's not Annie Sloan's Olive, but if you were trying to recreate this exact look and want to work with Annie's products, I'd recommend painting your base in her Olive, since it's really almost identical in color.

Over the olive layer, I mixed equal parts Aubusson Blue [one of my absolute favorites from her line!] and Chateau Gray [also has an olive feel, but with more of a gray base]. The combination creates this gorgeous, mid tone teal. Aubusson blue already has some green in it, but the olive  tones from Chateau gray just deepen the green undertones beautifully.

I don't heavily distress furniture often, unless I feel like a piece is well suited for that technique.  This particular dresser is very simple in design, so I thought it would benefit from some texture and interest with distressing.

I used a combination of steel wool, water and varying grits of sandpaper. I also like to go for a fairly random effect, so it feels like the distressing may have happened naturally, kind of the way an old barn door would look after years of wear.

To add another layer of depth to the dresser, I brushed on dark wax after a thin coat of clear wax. I didn't brush dark wax over every inch of it, since my aim wasn't to change the entire color of the dresser [but for some pieces, I do that and it looks gorgeous!]. I still wanted to see some of the highlights of the original Aubusson Blue and Chateau Gray combination.  Looking at the piece as a whole, you can really get a feel for the varied tones found on the dresser.  Creating this aged, layered effect does take more time and a little more creativity, but I can't get enough of the results.  Check out this piece in my shop!