Bohemian Cedar Chest

Apologies in advance, but this post is not exactly a step by step tutorial on how to make this finish. I wish I had registered my process with videos or pictures but the truth is, this was a crazy experiment I decided to do and there wasn’t much planning before I started. In fact, I was psychologically prepared for a complete failure, in which case I would just play safe and start it over in any other style I’ve already mastered.

All I had in mind were some inspiration pieces and a rough idea of how to do it, but once I started, the whole process was a just a sequence of brushing and blending a bunch of colors, until I was happy with the result. And I have to say, it got very ugly before it got pretty.

My inspiration for this piece was Dionne, the artist behind “The Turquoise Iris”. If you still don’t know her, please stop reading this right now and run to her website

Are you back? Well, if her work hasn’t inspired you, I don’t know what will! Even if that is not your style, or something you wouldn’t have in your home, isn’t it a delight to see how she uses pieces of furniture as blank canvas to create her beautiful art? I adore her work. Not only she is talented, she is also a sweet and generous person and shares everything about her techniques and tricks on her FB live videos and YouTube. I spend hours watching her painting and I can’t get enough of it.

Now, back to my project.  I finally took the leap and decided to try to #DoTheDionne (this is the hashtag she created to be used on social media whenever you post something inspired by her style).

I bought this old cedar chest for a bargain from a local antique shop that was closing down. It had been painted black, and it looked really nice, but I had other plans for it and they didn’t include black.


Most pieces I’ve seen in Bohemian style had bright, bold colors, and were very artsy and fun. I chose blue as the predominant color (what a surprise!) but I also wanted many other colors to be present in it. I looked at all the paint I had in my cabinet, and realized I was going to need to buy more bright colors.

I din’t want to spend a fortune on paint that I would rarely use later, so I went on Amazon and bought the most affordable chalky paint I found in several colors. The brand was Americana Decor, and I have to say, it is a pretty decent paint. Very easy to work with, good pigment, and beautiful colors.

I will try to make a list of all the paint colors I used for this project. It was basically everything I had in my workshop, plus the chalky paint I bought. (This list contains a few affiliate links*).

I sealed this piece with clear and dark wax by Annie Sloan.

Dionne’s technique consists mostly of blending the colors using a lot of water. You must always have a spray bottle with you and whenever you notice the paint is getting dry you spray a little bit (or a lot) of water on your piece and just keep adding colors and blending them with your brush. You are not looking for perfection. On the contrary, you have to play with the colors and allow the water do its thing. She also does a lot of distressing using a putty knife or a wet rug, but I skipped that. The process is a lot of fun and the results are gorgeous.

I highly recommend that you watch at least one of The Turquoise Iris’ videos on Facebook or Youtube so you will understand what I am talking about.

And here are the pictures of my first Bohemian Style piece! Let me know what you think. Are you inspired to try it?

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

14 thoughts on “Bohemian Cedar Chest

  1. Hello Pat,

    What a beautiful piece! 🙂
    I realize there aren’t photos of the process, but I wanted to ask if you
    Painted the cabinet a solid color prior to adding the various shades on top. If so,
    How many layers did you apply & do you recall the color you used?
    Every one of your pieces give me inspiration and I appreciate you sharing your
    Creativity/ideas/expertise! Thank you.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Meg! I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, then i started applying the other shades of blue, and little by little introducing the other colors. I’m so happy to hear I inspired you. I hope you also try your own version of bohemian style.


  2. When I first saw it I was a bit sad you were going to paint it because it was so beautiful. This coming from the girl who will paint a person if they sit too long! But then I pulled up my whiny girl panties (yes, I do have a pair of those) and reminded myself of your amazing talent. And that is the only word g=for this chest once you completed it – absolutely amazing. I’m not usually into super bright colors but I would definitely have this in my home. You once again reminded me why you are my favorite blogger. P.S. – You did give a decent tutorial – more than most give! LOL

    P.P.S – I cut my painting teeth on Americana Décor Chalk Style Paint and I still love the stuff. They have colors that are very similar to ASCP colors and the coverage is unsurpassable, The jar says 60 sq feet/ 8 oz and I have to say, I get really close to that! I’ve done a large MCM 8 drawer dresser in black with one 8 ounce bottle with about 3 ounces left over after 3 very thin coats.


    1. You are always so kind and funny, Christie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Yes, I was nicely surprised with Americana Decor paint. So unpretentious and affordable but they did the job beautifully !The colors are amazing. And I can’t believe you could do a 8-drawer dresser with a 8oz jar. Wow!


  3. Pat this is what the phrase one of a kind was written for. Such an incredibly unique piece, everywhere you look there is a different color.


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