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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party, Flow Blue China Dresser

Welcome to the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party! A group of awesome DIY bloggers, including myself, have all completed projects using MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. Now we’re giving you the chance to read our tutorials, gather inspiration, have fun and win prizes! Check out my project below and then jump to the other blogs in the party for even more inspiration!

I’m the last stop on the painting party train today, so if you’re just joining us, please head on back to the beginning and see some other great projects from some very talented blog stars.

  1. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill *Go Back to the Beginning!*
  2. Cristi @ Charm Home
  3. Sara @ House Bella
  4. Jerusalem @ Jolly Goode Gal
  5. Katie @ Craptastic
  6. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely *You Are Here!*

I’ve been chomping at the bit to jump into this project, but have been waiting for inspiration to hit.  I wanted it to have every bit of WOW that it deserved.  Check out those gorgeous ornate details, carved pulls and marble tops!

victorian dresser before

I knew I wanted to do a paint treatment that would highlight all those details.  I decided to paint a base coat of white, add petroleum jelly over all the details, then paint a deep and vibrant blue over that.    With the distressed white peeking through the details and just the right blue, I envisioned it looking like a piece of flow blue china.  (Thank you MyColor, because Medieval Blue worked out to be the PERFECT flow blue!)

Pantone MyColor Medieval Blue

Sometimes these ideas are a little more exciting in the planning and disappoint in the executing, but let me tell you, I couldn’t have been more pleased with how this project turned out.  I was giddy!

First, when I began working on this piece, I thought I was going to have to recreate some missing moulding with my favorite JB Weld Kwikwood.  So imagine my happy dance upon finding all the missing moulding pieces stashed in the drawers!  Eeeeeeee!!!


After some repair work, including gluing back on the broken mouldings and removing the broken caster feet, I sprayed on a base coat of white primer.  Confession: I used a canned spray primer this time.  Why do I feel like I’m somehow cheating? I love Krylon spray primer!  It’s fantastic for bleed through control on old pieces like this.  One of the best, really!


After the white primer base coat was on, I went back with a cheapo chip bristle brush and dabbed on some petroleum jelly over all the details: the handles, the key holes, the appliques, the corbels, and the moulding.


Then came MyColor’s Medieval Blue!  Because of all the nooks and crannies of all those details, I decided it would be most efficient to spray on the paint.  The MyColor paint is thick, far too thick for the spray gun to handle, so it took significant thinning to get it to the right consistency for spraying.  Thinning of paint to the correct consistency takes some practice with your particular gun, but after a while, it becomes second nature.  If I had to guess, I would say I thinned this paint at least 1 part water to 2 parts paint.  It might have even been as much as half and half.


The paint started to resist the petroleum jelly as soon as it was sprayed on, and did amazing things as it dried.  I started to get very excited.  And might have squeeled just a little.


So then I attacked the crackling, resisting paint with the scrubby side of an old sponge.  And I definitely squeeled.  A lot…


It turned out every bit as wonderfully chippy and authentically aged as I imagined, an ode to Flow Blue China.

flow blue pantone mycolor dresser 2

flow blue pantone mycolor dresser 8

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flow blue pantone mycolor dresser 9

flow blue pantone mycolor dresser 5

flow blue pantone mycolor dresser 3

The generous folks at MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® would like one of you to win 3 pots of MyColor™ paint to try it out for yourself!  If you’d like a chance to win some MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® for your own project, simply comment on my post and share how you’d use MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® in your next project! Feel free to comment on the other blogs in the party too – they’ll all be giving away samples! For a second chance to win, tweet your project ideas to @MyColorPaints using hashtag #PassItOn. Also check out and like the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Facebook page to get access to the schedule for today’s parties as well as the rest of the parties going on this month! Share your project ideas there for one more chance to win! Make sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

The giveaway will be open through next Wednesday, October 31st.

Good luck!

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® reached out to me to participate in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party. My post represents my honest experience with MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint to use for this project.

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest