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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Peacock Blue Chest of Drawers

Martha Leone

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On any given day, I'll work on sleek mid century pieces like these where dust and brush marks are the enemy:

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Anna Table from leondesign

Variety is what makes this job so enjoyable for me. So, while waiting for the oil-based primer to dry on a mid century piece, I started this peacock blue chest of drawers. It served as a nice diversion from the high end, brushless finish I was seeking on the mid century piece.

Peacock Beach Chest by Martha Leone Design


  1. Lightly sanded and cleaned the piece.
  2. Removed the hardware and repaired holes.
  3. Painted one coat of homemade chalk paint using Behr Marque Opera Glasses in criss cross pattern.
  4. Distressed.
  5. Wiped on/off dark walnut stain to tone down color and add dimension to the finish.
  6. Sealed with Minwax wipe-on poly and installed vintage knobs.

(Pay not attention to the unpainted underside of the top... I noticed this after the piece was sold :)

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This piece has been sold but another one has been painted to match this one except for the hardware. If you're interested, head over to my ETSY shop to take a look.