Faded Blue Denim Painted Furniture | Color Combinations

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Faded Blue Denim Painted Furniture | Color Combinations

Who doesn’t love a good pair of faded denim jeans? Jeans are always a good idea, so why not add the look of comfort to the furniture. I have the perfect bench for the project too! Faded blue denim-painted furniture… it just sounds comfortable. I’m excited to show you this paint combination makeover.

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Faded Blue Denim Painted Furniture

This bench! Even with its oriental style, it will look amazing with a fresh new denim painted look. Total transformation! I am so ready to dig in.

You won't believe how a little paint transformed this bench into a faded denim painted masterpiece!

To create this denim-painted look, you’ll need a few supplies. You can find them all by clicking on the products in this list below.

Step #1 The First Color

Before starting your furniture project, you will need to clean your piece thoroughly. I recommend a product called White Lightning cleaner. The paint will not adhere to a grimy, dirty piece, so, therefore, this is a crucial step in any painted wood furniture makeover. *See manufacturer’s instructions for use.

I started with a beautiful color called Sand Bar and painted the top 2/3 of the bench leaving the bottom unpainted. I’ll be adding a darker color below, so no need to waste paint, right?

The first step in creating a denim painted look on furniture is to paint a lighter color on the top 2/3 of the piece.

Step #2 The Second Color | Faded Blue Denim Look

For the lower 1/3 of the bench, I applied a gorgeous Yankee Blue color by Dixie Belle, and this is where the faded jean look comes in.

I added Yankee Blue to help create the faded denim painted look I was wanting.

Step #3 The Third Color | Blending Paint

The third color I used was Mud Puddle by Dixie Belle. It’s a beautiful brown color that well represents its name, and by blending the three colors, I was able to create a beautiful faded look that seamlessly flowed into each other. This technique isn’t as difficult as you may think. CLICK HERE to learn more about paint blending.

By blending three colors, I was able to create a faded blend that will result in a faded denim painted look when I'm finished.

3 Color Combination Challenge

Here’s a challenge for you! Pick three color combinations that complement each other, and paint something. Step out of your comfort zone. It’s just painting, so there is no reason why you too can’t have beautifully painted furniture in your home. It may take some practice, but that’s how we learn.

Three color challenge! Pick 3 colors that complement each other and just go with it. I created this beautiful faded denim painted look on an vintage bench. SO FUN!

Step #4 Creating The Faded Denim Look

After the paint had dried, I went back with a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly distressed the top half of the bench because I wanted a worn look. The faded denim look was created when I added white wax over the paint. Dixie Belle’s waxes are creamy and easy to apply. Simply brush it on and wipe it back with a soft cloth or paper towel. I’m in LOVE! It’s exactly the finish I wanted, and this piece will be the perfect addition to a mudroom or entryway.

Check out how I created a faded denim painted look on this vintage bench. It was a great makeover!

My Faded Blue Denim Painted Masterpiece!

Faded denim painted look on vintage furniture. It a great casual look that will complement any room.
Why not add a little more faded denim to your home. I created this faded denim painted look on this vintage bench with just three colors!
Add a faded denim look to your furniture with paint! It was so easy!

Gosh, I love painting furniture and creating beautiful spaces! Are you struggling in this area? I’d love to help you if you are. Click here to check out The Art Of Painting Furniture. It might be just what you need to get started because we all have to start somewhere. Hope to see you there!

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. Hi Do
    This piece is so pretty. I love the Look you have going. Thank for all your tips tricks and most of all Teachings.
    HaPpY PaInTiNg!!?????

  2. What a dolly you are! I just read your article and saw your latest video. I’ve never heard of Dixie Bell, but I’m going to get me some!
    Thank you for sharing. And what color or technique is the wall behind your denim bench?

  3. I love getting these emails every Monday, always look forward to your projects. I have gotten through this pandemic period by deep cleaning throughout the house, painting the laundry room, a bathroom and baseboards. Very happy with all that, but had to add some fun projects during this time and that was where your help came in. I Dixey Belled my self through six pieces of antique furniture that I had stuffed in my house waiting for the opportunity to complete these projects. Loved all completed projects. Have two more projects to complete. My idea was to complete these projects and sell them but love them so much can’t sell them I had to get rid of some of my other furniture, my husband just shakes his head. I have not tried blending yet that is my next challenge. I want to thank you for sharing your talent…….you have helped me survive this shut in crisis, so thank you. I can send pictures if you want to see them. Again thank you and keep up the great work…..

    1. YES! I LOVE this so much! All we have to do to master what we want to do is to DO it. I’m so happy that good has come from all the craziness. I would love to see what you have created. Please, share them with me. Send them to me at [email protected]. Thanks for making my day, Gloria. 🙂

      xo, Do

      ps… I keep way too much too.

  4. Thank you for another beautiful idea, Do! I love the color combination. I’ve never tried the faded look, but it is so lovely. You are so good to remind us that “it’s just paint!” And, I think that makes it easier to get in the right mindset! Now, I just have to find the right piece. I’m going to be on the hunt!

    1. Hi Marilyn! It really is all mindset. Stick to your plan and just get in there and try your best. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results. We all gotta start somewhere. Enjoy the process. 🙂 xo

  5. Hi there Do
    I love the look of this piece.
    I love bluejeans so that could be a good reason why.
    You do such awesome painting on so many items that it is like Christmas morning with each of your emails that you send out to your subscribers like myself. 😉 You never know till you open the email whatcha going to get! Haha!
    I want to wish you and yours a very “Merry Christmas” and a healthy wonderful “Happy New Year!”
    Hugs from me and my two wee little Dogs

  6. I am amazed at what you younger people have been doing. I love working with wood. I am retired so I have time now. You are so knowledgable and precious to share with others. I am going to enjoy seeing more from you.

    1. Hi Judith!
      You can call me younger people as much as you want. 🙂
      Sounds like a great time to start! I’ll be sending you more inspirations. Have a fantastic week my new friend.
      xo, Do

  7. You never cease to amaze me and this is just so unique and beautiful! I love the denim look very much and the 3 color blend couldn’t be more spot on! I’m curious as to how you got that vision with an oriental looking piece? I don’t know that I ever would have seen that, just amazing!
    I hope your holidays are the best! Merry Christmas and keep on painting because I can’t wait for your next email! I brag about you all the time…lol!

    1. Hi Shirley! I have to admit, I don’t have a secret way of knowing. I just go with whatever my eyes tell me. I guess I was in an “I need to wear my jeans today” mood. Thank you so much for the kind words. Merry Christmas! xo

  8. I just love this denim look! It seriously looks like real denim! I don’t wear denim of any kind. I never could get used to the thickness of it. Back in the day, it was thicker than it is today but still I just can’t wear it, I feel weighted down. I do however, love denim and use it in a variety of things. Who would have thought I’d ever see denim with paint!
    Now about that wall…I’ve always loved your chalk wall from the very first moment I laid eyes on it, I knew one day I would do the same. Well that day has come…lol! Now I want something a little different. I want a more permanent wall, so I’m wondering if I could do something similar by painting the wall and then white waxing the wall over it. I’d sure love to hear your thoughts on this? Thanks and keep painting!🙂

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