Furniture Makeovers

French Chest Makeover with Pure & Original Paint

Three colors of chalk paint and the original hardware refresh a tired Country French chest | Pure & Original |

Honestly, until about a month ago, I’d never heard of Pure & Original paint.  And, what I’ve learned in the last few weeks is that it is a highly-refined paint made from all-natural ingredients.  Because of the way these ingredients are milled, the resultant finishes are super-silky…..without sanding.I know!!  

It sounded too good to be true.   So naturally, I had to give it a try.

I received free paint from Pure & Original in exchange for writing a review on the blog. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

Pure and Original Furniture Paint #sponsored |

Luckily, Pure & Original was the sponsor of this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  And I was one of 60 lucky bloggers with a chance to put this paint to the test.

Three Colors and One French Chest

Pure and Original Furniture Paint #sponsored used for chest makeover | The Chelsea Project |

First, colors were chosen that best fit the contest theme “Pure Colors, Original Elegance” and the piece I planned to paint.  And I gotta tell ya, the colors are totally dreamy.  All of them.  I had a really hard time choosing.

A French chest awaits its makeover with Pure and Original #sponsored| Chalk paint |

But this old gal, who had been hidden away in a closet for about 20 years, was more than ready for a swanky updo. 

First, she was washed down with mild soap and water.  Sanding really isn’t necessary for this paint, but we prepped the piece before the paint arrived…with the all important directions. 🙁   So, ooops.  This piece was lightly sanded.

French chest prepared for makeover |

The First Layer of Paint

Next the first coat, a medium-deep green called Sea Moss, was brushed on the entire piece.  The paint was very thinly applied at the centers of the drawers, sides, and top. Then a heavier coat was spread to the edges and corners.

Layer one of Pure and Original Paint #sponsored | Chalk paint |

The paint is actually pretty thick, but responds beautifully to a damp brush and a drop of water.  Anytime the brush began to “drag” on the wood, it was actually just a little dry.  Dipping the brush tip in water and dabbing on a paper towel remedied the drag every time.

In fact,  this is the most hydrophilic (water-loving) chalk paint I’ve ever used.  By adding a drop of water now and then, the paint worked with great ease and could be manipulated until I got the look I wanted.

The Second Layer of Paint

Layer two of Pure and Original Paint #sponsored | Chalk paint |

The second layer, an icy-blue called Lagoon Water, was heavily applied in the centers and lighter at the edges.  This gave the look of having been distressed, but without any sanding.

Layer the paint in the nooks and crannies #sponsored | Pure & Original | Chalk paint |

The Third Layer of Paint

Then a third layer, a green-tinted white called Kiwi White, was applied to the entire piece.

Last layer of Pure and Original Paint and accessories #sponsored|

An artist brush was used to apply additional Sea Moss into the nooks and crannies.  A damp cloth was used to wipe excess paint away while it was still wet.

Country French chest makeover in 3 colors of Pure and Original chalk paint #sponsored|

To achieve an exact match, the decorative pieces on the left and right sides were finished at the same time.

A Country French Chest gets a makeover in greenish-gray chalk paint #sponsored | Pure and Original |

The same Sea Moss also adds a pop of color to the drawer sides.

The drawers are painted in the same color as the base layer #sponsored | Pure and Original Chalk Paint |

The Finishing Layers of Paint

All of the paint colors were layered-on until they melted together.  The Sea Moss is highlighted in crevices and the other two are layered together on the flat surfaces.  If you get really close, the layers are evident; but, from a distance, the piece just looks like it has good depth of color.

Country French Chest refinished with Pure and Original Paint #sponsored |

The Hardware

The hardware is original to the piece.  It is an antique brass with a lovely patina.  I had no intention of polishing or coloring this hardware so it was really important to work with the colors until they played well with the hardware.

Country French chest in refinished with Pure and Original #sponsored | Chalk paint made for furniture |

As the vignette was assembled for the photos, my mind returned to the theme, “Pure colors, original elegance. ”   And, for the life of me, I couldn’t think of anything more pure than white linen……

Country French Chest Makeover with 3 different colors of chalk paint #sponsored | Pure and Original Furniture Paint |

…….or more elegant than Pure & Original paint on a French-style chest.

Country French chest makeover with Pure & Original Chalk Paint #sponsored | Layered in 3 colors for additional depth|

Many thanks to The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for hosting this wonderful event and to the most generous #sponsor, Pure & Original.

Country French chest makeover using Pure & Original chalk paint #sponsored | Silky-smooth finish without sanding |

If you enjoyed this makeover, I do hope you will share it with your friends.

A delicate French chest gets a makeover with Pure & Original Paint #sponsored |

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest Team:

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  • Reply Susan April 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Beautiful job! The paint colors you chose fit perfectly with the style of the piece.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thanks so much, Susan. Appreciate your visit and kind words so muvh!!

  • Reply Sarah April 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Oh. Dear. Heavens. This gorgeous chest is up near the top of my list of my favorite pieces of furniture!!! Susie, I am amazed at the magic you work with paint layering and know which colors play well together. *standing ovation* <3<3<3 I'll be share this piece all over SM!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah. YOu are a so wonderful! Appreciate so much.

  • Reply taylorlisa43 April 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I love French style and your paint finish is delicious! Well done!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa. You’re the best!! XOXO

  • Reply Maxine April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    She is gorgeous Susie!! I hope I get a chance to try this paint some time.
    Have a great weekend!!


    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much, Maxine. Wish you were nearby…I’d share my colors. Back at’cha for that great weekend!!

  • Reply Jolena April 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    It turned out beautiful! I didn’t think it look bad in the before picture but the after is stunning. Great work, it was definitely worth the wait.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks Jolena. The finish was damaged (I think from hair spray…eck) and it was yellowing, too. But, you are correct in that it didn’t need any repair work. Just a refresh. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Jeanie April 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Your french chest looks gorgeous! I love how you used the three colors to achieve that finish. By the way, you did a beautiful job styling the photos!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Jeanie. I LOVED working those colors into one. It really gave the chest depth. Thanks so much for visiting. Appreciate much.

  • Reply Mary H April 9, 2016 at 11:49 am

    It turned out beautifully! I love the pop of green too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Mary. I’m so crazy for color and these go with everything…especially the green.

  • Reply Darrielle Tennenbaum April 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

    What a beauty! I love this paint too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks Darrielle. Yes, this paint is so excellent in so many ways. I enjoyed using it very, very much.

  • Reply atthirtyeighthstreet April 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the Pure & Original colors you chose on that fantastic piece! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Carrie. The colors did not disappoint….they are totally awesome.

  • Reply Toni Harvey April 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Night and Day, that’s the difference from the old to the new. You brought daylight to that chest. I wish it was for sale because I would totally bubut it!

    You are so skilled at paint layering, please do a FB Live or something similar to teach those of us who have only painted with one color at a time.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Toni. If I can ever get my courage going…I’ll be glad to do a FB live. LOL.

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista April 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, Susie, absolutely stunning makeover! Love the layers of color you choose and I can’t wait to try this paint sometime soon – you guys have had me at “no sanding”. I’ve also got to compliment your eye for staging this piece and the beautiful photography. Pinning to share this beauty and I’ll catch you on IG too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie. Yes. It is quite amazing that a chalk paint has a smooth finish without sanding. Wish you lived nearby…I would share my wonderful colors with you!! Thanks for the pins and shares.. See you over on IG.. XOX

  • Reply Michelle james April 9, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    It’s so beautiful!!! Stunning 🙂 the details are gorgeous.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Michelle. I tried to bring out the details with that delish deep green. I have aleady refinished a serpentine chest with these paints. OH joy!! Can’t wait to share on April 21. XOXO

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise April 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    You brought this piece to the level of elegance that it deserved my friend! Super job. I wish I could see it in person! ;o)

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks, Lucy. You are so kind..thanks so much. I wish you could see it in person, too. Maybe someday.. XOXO

  • Reply Nancy@ Slightly Coastal April 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    You did such a beautiful job on this little French piece! I love all the details and the way you highlighted all of its charm with paint layers. Bravo!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Nancy…Appreciate your expert eye and kind words. XOXO

  • Reply apurdylittlehouse April 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Great job Susie!!!! I love it, and you expertly styled it. Wonderful piece 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue. You’re the best!!! XOXO

  • Reply Michelle James April 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Susie this is truly amazing. I am in awww if your talent and creativity!! You knocked it out of the park.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Awww, Michelle.. Thanks so much. You’re the best.

  • Reply justthewoods April 13, 2016 at 2:16 am

    ahhhh.. I dont even need to finish my piece now since you clearly have the most gorgeous makeover ever! this is beautiful!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

      LOL…..thanks..but you keep working. I know the kind of pieces you turn out and every one is always more beautiful than the last. You’re a doll for leaving kind and encouraging words. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Cindy April 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I have fallen in love with Pure & Original paint and I never thought I would find anything that I loved more than ASCP. I may even be a wee bit obsessed! Your french makeover is gorgeous, love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Cindy. I am so thrilled to have you visit the post and leave such a kind and encouraging comment.

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger April 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Gorgeous piece! I loved how you layered all the colors (and you explained it all very well :D). This paint has been fun to work with. So glad you kept the original hardware — it’s beautiful! Looking forward to seeing all the participant’s projects! Take care, Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 14, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thanks, Cynthia. It was a joy to work on this piece.

  • Reply Amy @ Highstyle Restyle April 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Well after being hidden away for 20 years, this gorgeous gal is making one heck of a grand entrance! I love the light, fresh colors you chose and they blended together perfectly!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 15, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks a million, Amy. Yes…the old gal surely has made a fabulous comeback. No more closet for her. LOL… XOXO

  • Reply melanie33180 April 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    It’s fantastic Susie! I think you’re gonna win the contest 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Melanie. You’re so sweet, but I know at least 59 other bloggers who would beg to differ. LOL. But it’s so nice to hear from you….someone whose work I admire so mcuh. Thanks again. XO

  • Reply Carolann April 17, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I just love chest of drawers! The colors you chose are stunning! Amazing work!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 17, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks, CarolAnn. You’re the sweetest. Thanks so much for visiting the post and leaving such a kind comment.

  • Reply Sanchez Mark April 18, 2016 at 12:34 am

    What a fabulous makeover! It doesn’t even look like the same cabinet. Adding feet was a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much.

  • Reply Sue at Blu April 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Susie…another beautiful reveal! Love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue. Appreciate your visit and kind words.

  • Reply Brenda Young (@UniqueJunktique) April 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Great goodness, I am so loving those subtle layers, beautiful piece Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Brenda! You are so kind. Appreciate much.

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  • Reply Becky April 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Everything looks great !

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Thanks so much, Becky! I love my old/new litle French chest!!

  • Reply DebraShoppeno5 April 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is lovely, I like the colors you selected. It looks like an easy paint to use.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Debra. Yes, I found it to be an easy paint to use. It likes water and likes to be manipulated with a brush. Some chalk-type paints will fight these, but Pure & Original seemed to be made for this type of technique.

  • Reply Sam @ Raggedy Bits April 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    WOW what a beautiful transformation! I love your technique and your photo’s are beautiful! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Thanks, Sam. Isn’t it great when you surprise yourself? That surely did happen here. 🙂

  • Reply Grace Lauer April 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Such a sweet and elegant piece. Great job.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Thanks, Grace. Appreciate your kind words so much!

  • Reply Rachel, aka Queen Patina April 23, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Susie! Both your color choices and your layering techniques complement the demure quality of this lingerie chest. The result? The best sort of makeover! Lovely work! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thanks so much, Rachael. Appreciate your stopping by and leaving such a kind and encouraging comment.

  • Reply stefnemirov April 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Just beautiful! Lovely choice of colors! I never would have thought of using the Sea Moss color on the details. That Pure and Original paint is really lovely!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, the Sea Moss did great as an accent color. I think I must keep it as a go-to paint. It really loves the tight places and moves well with the brush.

  • Reply karen@somewhatquirkydesign April 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful job Susie! I needed that hardware for my piece so if you find yours missing…

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

      LOL….Karen. I’ll know where to look!! Thanks so much!!

  • Reply Maria @ pastels & Macarons April 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    This transformation is spot on Susie! Love, love, love how it turned out!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie. Appreciate your kind words so much.

  • Reply MrsMajor Hoff April 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Great job Susie! Perfect, and your staging was spot on! Couldn’t wait to pin this lovely piece!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 24, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much! You’re awesome!

  • Reply meghan49735 May 1, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Oh wow! I’m in love with this piece! The paint layering is gorgeous and your styling is beautiful!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks a million, Meghan. You have no idea how much I appreciate your kind words.

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  • Reply Catherine May 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This looks so good! It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 18, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

  • Reply Marilyn Kelley June 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I love the paints that you’ve used, especially that Sea Moss. Beautiful makeover!

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      Thanks, Marilyn. Another post….called… How the Serpentine Chest Found its Bliss….. Features the sea moss…

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    Beautiful chest ! great job Maria

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      Thanks so much!

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