A while ago, I did a similar style of painting and called it the Mermaid Blended Dresser and it was one of my most popular posts that I still get questions about to this day! So I decided to recreate it but flip the colors so that it goes from light at the top to darkest at the bottom. The jewel tone blues and purples are still my absolute fave and the end result is AMAZING. The blending takes time but it’s so worth it when you have a piece that looks like this. Here’s how you can create your own blue and purple chalk mineral paint dresser makeover.
Supply List for Chalk Mineral Paint and other Essentials
Here’s what you need for this project:
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Surf Prep Sanding Kit (Use Coupon Code BELLARENOVARE10 )
Getting Started: Scuff Sanding and Cleaning the Piece
To get started I needed to scuff sand the top with a 220 grit because it had that shiny finish that I wanted to remove.
Scuff sanding the top of the dresser
After the de-glossing, I wiped it down and used my White Lightening to get it clean from top to bottom and even flipped it on its back to get underneath. I feel like it makes the whole piece more professional when this is a client project.
Adding the Base Coats of Blue and Purple Chalk Mineral Paint
When the piece was clean and dry, I added a base coat of each color starting with the side of the dresser so that I would know where to start each color on the front including the drawers. Here is what it looked like with the frame painted with the base coat.
Completely painted base coat.
I put the drawers back in so that I could match up the color on the frame to where each color should be on the drawers. This takes the guesswork out of lining up the colors.
After the frame was painted, I added the drawers back on so that I could match up the colors to where each shade was already done on the frame.
I’m applying the first base coat to the drawers but this piece will have 2 base coats before the blending starts.
Ready to Start Blending the Blue and Purple Chalk Mineral Paint on the Dresser
When the two coats were dry, I was ready to start blending and I went back to the side of the piece first, starting from the bottom and working my way up to the top, blending each color into the one above it.
The Aubergine on the bottom is quite dark so I wanted to pull down some of the Amethyst to lighten it up a bit.
I started with a light coat on the transition line of the Aubergine and then I took my Amethyst brush and put some paint on that area. You want it wet so that you can start moving the colors up and down. You’ll also need a mister bottle when you blend to ensure that you keep the area moist.
I find it easier to narrate while I’m actually doing the blending rather than trying to describe it on the blog, so make sure you watch the video below and it’s going to show you my exact process and what to do when if you want a similar look on your furniture.
My How To Video for Perfect Blending
In the video, I show you how to start the blending and how to get rid of those lines that separate the colors so that you have a seamless look from color to color with lots of dimension.
Now that you’ve watched the video and you’re on your way to being a blending pro, we need to finish the piece. After I put on the new hardware (the screws were a little long so I needed to add washers to the screw before I put the handles on) I wanted to add a tiny bit of shine to the corners of this piece using the Gilding Wax in Silver.
Finishing the Dresser with some Silver Gilding Wax
Gilding Wax in Silver
The silver Gilding Wax is so pretty and really highlights
I used my finger to apply the Gilding Wax but you can use a small brush or even a makeup brush. You don’t need a lot and it goes on really smoothly and you can see in the image above that where I applied it is now highlighted and has even more dimension.
And this piece is DONE! I hope you enjoyed the video and are ready to take on blending with chalk mineral paint because you can really have so much fun with multiple colors just like this when you do.