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 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


  1. I'd paint my dining room chairs!
    Lovely project.

  2. You must be so thrilled with this piece, such a bold color, I love it!

  3. Gorgeous! I'm thinking I need to prettify some stuff in my office -- maybe my wooden filing cabinet and bulletin boards?

  4. Oh my gosh I love that so much! I'd use the paint to paint the *inside* of a roll top desk :-)

  5. Wow, it does really look a china. Fantastic job Ann Marie!

  6. This is my absolute favorite piece of yours! I love it! Seriously love.


  8. What a rich color. Gorgeous! I would definitely paint my kitchen cabinets if I some of this paint.

  9. That looks awesome! I have a bookcase and dresser I would like to paint.

  10. looks so very lovely and chippy. :) would definitely want to win me some paint! would love to paint my kitchen table and chairs. :)

  11. What a vibrant, gorgeous blue, Anne Marie; I can see why you were so pleased with this project! If I were the lucky winner, I'd use this paint on furniture projects for my new farmhouse that we'll be renovating over the course of the next several months. New house = new furniture projects. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

    Carolina Country Living

  12. what a gorgeous piece of furniture! Love the way you painted it. I've been dying to try that petroleum trick on my next project!

  13. What an amazing finish you gave this piece! Way to go! And I would love to win some sample pots...there's always furniture that needs painting around here!

  14. I literally gasped when I saw the after. I usually don't favor this much choppiness, but for this piece and with that color, it just works! It is beautiful. I would be so thrilled if I were to win some samples! I have this great big ugly desk sitting in my office that is screaming for some gorgeous color!

  15. What a gorgeous piece! I have a cheap office desk that needs some prettying up plus a ton of other projects. So I could really use those generous sized samples!

  16. Wow, petroleum jelly, so smart! I've never heard of that before. I've been wanting paint some found play room chairs and pictures frames for a gallery wall on the "art" side of the room. These paints would be perfect! Thanks :)

  17. That piece turned out just amazing! Love the medieval blue! I would use some free samples for a makeover of a giant china cabinet in my living room, and a slew of future blog projects. What a great giveaway!

  18. I would paint my living room mismatched end tables.

  19. omg....this piece is stunning!!! i would revamp a antique vanity that has be patiently waiting on a face lift.

  20. That is truly beautiful! Love the look of all that white coming through especially with the marble top. Just too cool! I came over from MMS!

  21. Beautiful! I would paint a side table waiting for a revamp in my garage if I won=)

  22. I've got the perfect turn of the century round table!

  23. You are very brave to put this bold color on such a beautiful l piece of furniture. But it is REALLY pretty. I love the petroleum jelly trick. It seems as if it would allow more control over the chippiness. I would try this on a beautiful vanity I'm going to make into a desk.

    Peggy @

  24. This turned out amazing!! I love the chippy contrast of the white peeking through the blue! Looks great!

  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this vanity makeover! The color is stupendous, and making me want to paint with blues! I have an armoire I am dying to paint and your petroleum jelly trick will work fabulously! Thanks for sharing. ;-D

  26. I would love to win this paint. I refinish furniture all the time, also frames and cool old wooden boxes.

  27. Love the way this turned out. I have heard of using petroleum jelly but have yet try it out. You make is sound so easy! I have lots of little tables that I would love to try with this paint

  28. I have a DIY project buffet that needs some serious help!

  29. So AMAZING! I would love an opportunity to try out this new paint! Looks awesome, I would definitely paint my kitchen table and chairs that desperately need a makeover!

    1. Congratulations! You're the winner of the 3 pots of MyColor Paints! Please email me with your mailing address and your color choices from this page: as soon as possible. You can get 3 off the same color, or three different colors. Just let me know your preference. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  30. I've picked up some odd and end furniture for my sewing room we'll be build in the basemet this winter. Fingers are itching to get thiese makeovers done :0)

  31. I'd love to use the Pantone paint on a dresser for my granddaughter!

  32. I'd love to try the paint. Some piece in the garage jenga pile would get a wonderful makeover!

  33. Wow, I have never even heard of that paint...this piece looks amazing! Love the technique you used for the "resist"...will have to give that a try!

  34. I am so squealing with you.... I am going to try this on a piece I own. I love your work.

  35. I love this piece! I would use the paint on an ABC block mobile I want to make for my newest little addition to the family. :)

  36. Hey friend! How's it? I think you should at least load a couple images of new stuff in Livy Lou's for a new post. Just for me? Pretty please? I'll post some pics of my kiddos on fb and you do a new post here. Deal? :))

  37. LOL you know I'm joking, of course! Hugs. It's hard to get things loaded up in your spare time, right there with you... miss you.

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  39. Hi : Trying to find Pantone My Color in I think the color was Sky Blue (looks pale turquoise). Lowes has discontinued the product. Any ideas of where I can purchase?


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