A few years ago we purchase a distressed red painted chest for our home in Alabama. I loved the curves of the chest but thought the color was too dark for our current home. I decided to repaint it, and I love how it turned out. Here is what it looked like originally.
First, I removed the drawers and lightly sanded the chest. I used a hammer and a screwdriver to distress it even more. Then I painted it Peacock Blue by Benjamin Moore.
I then used a tobacco glaze to highlight the grooves and the distressing. I think I may still go back and add more glaze to make it more rustic. It is always better to go light with the glaze. You can always go back and add more, but it is very difficult to remove it if you have too much.