How to easily create a chippy, vintage looking, finish on your painted furniture

Happy Thursday, friends!! It has been such a busy week, with very little time to work on projects. But, I did manage to quickly give a piece of furniture, that I have in my kitchen, a new and very chippy look.

Her she is pre chippiness…It is a vintage piece, so having a chippy finish only makes sense, right?

I started by applying this stripper….I used a chemical stripper because I feel like it works so much better for this technique. I have tried to used the “citra-strip” but it didn’t work at all the same.

As I started to scrap the first layer of white paint off, I found this blue-green color underneath…I continued to strip the paint, until there was barely any paint left. I then added some dark stain to the entire piece. After I applied the stain, I waited for about 15 minutes (the stain shouldn’t be completely dry yet), then added an uneven coat of white paint.

Because the stain was still a bit damp, it bled through the white paint in places. Looking good!!

After the paint dried overnight, I put some more stripper on, but only in the areas that I wanted to be really chippy. After the stripper worked its magic, I scraped the paint off. Leaving me with a super chippy look.

Loving her new chippy finish! She fits right in!!

And, of course, I just HAD to redo the shelve decor to make this little lady feel at home with her new chippy exterior! I still need to add/change a few things, but it’s off to a good start!

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Hope you have a wonderful day!


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  1. Love this technique and you did a great job as always. I love painting furniture.

    I enjoy these posts very much. It gives me a chance to see other techniques.

    Also like how you styled the shelves above.


    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you so much!!!💗

  2. Love this little cabinet Emily!!! It turned out great!

    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend!!!💗

  3. Emily, your cabinet looks so perfectly for your home. You made it look so easy to get the look. Always is so nice coming over here and reading great tips and decor ideas.

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you!💗

  4. Spot on with this one Emily! You always amaze me! I like how you restyled the shelves too!

    1. You’re seriously so sweet!!! Thank you so much, my friend!!!💗

  5. Thanks for the tips!

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you!💗

  6. Emily, love this idea and the way your furniture turned out-chippy goodness!

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you so much!!!💗

  7. I just love the chippy-ness! it turned out beautiful! I really think i’m going to attempt this one, I have a white dresser that can use som chippy-ness to it!

    1. Thank you so much!! Can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!

  8. Love this look on this specific piece. Wasn’t that blue/green color you uncovered beautiful too? I really need to work with stripper a bit more on pieces. I always seem to do it the hard way with sanding until I’m ready to give up on the entire thing. I just have such issues working with chemicals most of the time so I avoid it mostly. I’d have to do it outside for sure. I love the look though…..

    1. Thank you so much! Using stripper really is so much easier than sanding and sanding, and sanding a little more.

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