I have a four poster bed, armoire and night table that has a natural pine stain finish.

I want to refinish the set with dark blue paint, but want, at the edges, and over large surfaces, the colour of the wood coming through.

I assume I would prepare the furniture by sanding lightly, but then apply 1 coat of perhaps - Benjamin Moore dark blue paint. Then sand lightly, the edges and surfaces until the wood starts to show through the paint - to achieve the uneven look. I've seen this treatment at a specialty store and the furniture was satiny smooth. So ... what type of paint would I use and what type of finish? Is my method correct?

I have a photo, but couldn't post it.