Get An Amazing Old World Look With Layered Paint

Get An Amazing Old World Look With Layered Paint
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I’ve always loved the old world layered paint finishes and recently my curiosity got the best of me. I just had to try. My challenge to myself was to incorporate a color that I’m not particularly fond of. PINK! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty color, but I’m just not a pink kinda girl. The results shocked me and I just might be a convert.

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Old World Look With Layered Paint

I never thought I would love pink until I layered paint with Sea Spray texture additive. It created a beautiful Old World Finish on this dresser.

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*Always clean your furniture properly before painting.

Layered Paint

Painting the base coat with Hurricane Gray with the first step in the layered paint process to get the old world finish. To get the layered paint effect I was wanting, I started with a base coat of Hurricane Gray. The coverage was great and it only took one coat.

The second color I used was Coffee Bean. I applied it in random areas around the drawers using the dry brush method. This is where you have very little paint on your brush and you brush lightly without full coverage. You will see the gray through the black.

The second step was adding Coffee Bean chalk mineral paint using the dry brush method to get the layered paint finish.

Texture Additive | Layered Paint Finish

Sea Spray texture additive was added to the Buttercream chalk mineral paint to create a layered paint finish. This is where it got fun! I added the Sea Spray to the Buttercream chalk mineral paint and made a consistency like a peanut butter. I hate to admit I didn’t measure, but I really don’t think you could mess this up. Using my chip brush I stippled the paint in random areas. Again, not full coverage. Just enough to add texture. Oh, by the way, I won’t be using that brush again so don’t use your good one. An inexpensive chip brush will do. It was trashed!

After the texture had dried, I went back with the Tea Rose chalk mineral paint and stippled that over the whole piece and allowed it to dry. Stippling is a method of applying paint. Rather than brushing it on, you dabbed it on with the end of the bristles of the paintbrush. Using this method created even more texture and layering. I used a 220 grit sandpaper to gently smooth any of the rough raised areas once it had dried. The finish will be rough/textured and that’s just what I wanted. I was careful not to over-sand because I wanted the rough texture. Just enough to knock off the sharp peaks.

Adding the Black Wax | Layered Paint Finish

I added black wax with a chip brush to bring out the details in the layered paint finish. The next step in the process was adding the black wax and blended it in with a chip brush. I liked the look it gave rather than using my large wax brush. This gave me more control as I added more in the corners of the trim around the drawers. I really loved the way the black wax would get caught in the rough texture. It’s was a beautifully layered paint finish.

And because more is always better in my book, I added a pink/red (Anastasia) and gold (Warm Gold) gilding wax on the hardware and around the edges of the drawers. Just enough color to bring out the pink. This was the easiest part of the whole project. I rubbed it on the hardware with my fingers and on the flat surfaces, I used a soft bristle brush and blended it in.

The final step in the Old World Finish was to apply gilding wax to the hardware and over the layered paint around the edges of the drawers and in the corners.



I LOVE this layered paint finish. Adding the Tea Rose chalk mineral paint and gold gilding wax added a subtle hint of pink. It almost looks like marble.


I enjoyed sharing this fun finish with you today. If you like this kind of blended layered paint finish, check out.

Until the next project… xo, Do


  • Going to paint my baby grand, I want to do it in black or i could use navy blue. I think I need some help with the steps of color and supplies. Thank you

  • Hi Nelda! I’m so glad you’re here. I would love to help you get started! You can learn all my tips and tricks here in my video library. I teach you everything from prep to finish with the supply lists. Click here to learn more.

    Hope to see you soon. Do

  • I love this technique Do. Thank you so much for sharing. Love it ??

  • Thank you, Lynn! It’s fun to create texture. xo

  • I have a huge fireplace and going to try and recreate your magic! Love this look!

  • That sounds amazing, Brandy! Please share pics. 🙂

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