Blue Painted Wardrobe

Getting this ombre blue coppery look for this wardrobe was a long road, but hopefully you agree it was worth it!  So much blending and re-blending and moving the colors around.  But when the process is difficult, it makes it that much sweeter!

If you want to see me beginning this project, you can catch the video here.  Here is what this piece looked like when I purchased it.

wardrobe before

Here are the supplies I used.

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Choosing Colors

If you watch the video I linked above, you’ll notice I started out including French Linen in my color blend.  I ended up deciding it was too blah for this piece, so I nixed it.

On the sides I blended from the top down – Haint Blue, Vintage Duck Egg, Dusty Blue, and Cobalt Blue.  On the front, I varied the colors a bit more carrying the Cobalt up into the crevices of the doors.

Not gonna lie, Friends, I struggled getting the blend to look the way I wanted.  Sometimes it looks perfectly blended when it’s wet and then looks a hot mess when it’s dry.

So, after some experimentation I ended up with this messy blend instead.

blue wardrobe front down view

Messy Blending

I did go ahead and use my misting bottle and a clean dry brush to blend as usual.  But once the paint was getting dry and dragging a bit, I let it.  This leaves some brush strokes and harsher lines, but they fit perfectly with this style.

My favorite color discovery was the blend between Dusty Blue and Cobalt – so pretty!  

blue painted wardrobe wider front view

Copper Highlights

Have you tried the new Gemstone Mousse yet?  I love it!  In fact, I use them much more than gilding waxes these days.  They come in 4 colors – Garnet, Amber, Diamond, and Golden Gem.

I used the Amber Gemstone Mousse for the stencils and around the edges and on the hardware as a shimmery accent.  To me, copper and blue go together amazingly well.

I brushed the mousse on with a small artist brush, but I also went in with my finger and smudged it around on the edges.

blue painted wardrobe top closeup

The stencil is one of the new Silkscreen stencils.  They are self-adhesive, which makes them really easy to use.  You just peel off the white backing and stick it to the surface.

This is a sheet from the Mandala stencil – each package has 3 sheets.   I cut the borders from the same sheet and used those on the smaller rectangles on the doors.

One tip for the silkscreen stencils is to work the paint or mousse into the stencil openings in every direction with your brush for fuller coverage.

Mine came out a little broken and imperfectly faded in places here, but I love the character it adds.

blue painted wardrobe front closeup stencil

Finishing Touches

The hardware is all new from Hobby Lobby.  It was white, so I painted it with the blues and highlighted with the Amber mousse.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

I sealed the whole piece and the hardware with 2 coats of Clear Coat Satin.

You can shop my favorite products here, and don’t forget to Pin this project for inspiration.

blue painted wardrobe pin

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15 thoughts on “Blue Painted Wardrobe”

  1. So glad you came over to share this with us this week. I will be featuring your post on my site for this week’s features. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Shannon says:

      That’s great, Donna! Thank you!! xo Shannon

  2. Ann says:

    Beautiful makeover! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks for hosting, Ann!

  3. What an awesome transformation! Lots of work but you are an expert! Love it. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  4. Wow – this is stunning. I have never tried an ombre finish on anything, but you made this look amazing. I would love for you to share it this weekend at the Home Matters Linky Party. Following you on social media to see even more that you have done.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Donna! I just popped over and linked up. xo, Shannon

  5. Ann says:

    Great makeover! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll share it with us at Party in Your PJ’s.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Ann! I visited your blog and shared the project. xo, Shannon

  6. Wonderful blues. Love the cooper accents

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Linda! Blue goes so well with any metallic, but copper is my fave. xo, Shannon

  7. Chris Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing all your helpful tips…the blue wardrobe turned out great!!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, and thank you for stopping by! xo, Shannon

  8. Rebecca Payne says:

    I simply love it!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Rebecca!

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