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Painting Outside My Comfort Zone!

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We all have our comfort zones, and I’m admitting that mine are neutrals these days!  I love color, and I’m inspired everyday by all the colors, tones and hues that surround me.  However, it seems the “artist” {I’m so very uncomfortable with that word} in me has not been very adventurous in quite some time!

It seems I’ve found myself in a place of complacency.  I’m very comfortable in my Pure White, Old White, Paris Grey, and French Linen world.  Boring maybe, but clean and comfortable.  Simple.

In walks my dear friend Susie Blackwell, who owns one the fabulous and very vibrant Splurges Boutique.  She had a vintage Bassett French Provincial dresser she wanted overhauled as a display piece in her store.  I took the assignment and assured her it would be over the top fabulous…..and then I FREAKED OUT!

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Here is the before photo of the dresser after I cleaned it up and sanded it a bit.  I sanded it because it had been painted in oil based paint that had a lot of drip marks in it, and I wanted it smooth before I started my unknown creation.  Truth be told I agonized over this piece more than I ever have any piece!

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I finally settled on a color plan of Florence, Antibes, Provence and some English Yellow and perhaps a chevron pattern…..and then just started taping if off without really concluding on a final plan….because I like to “wing it!”! No precise plan every works out anyway, right?

billySusie brought her brother Billy in while I was painting the dresser!  I’m so in love with my special friend Billy!!!  I was so excited that I got to share some Chalk Paint® with him!

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I’m pretty sure I made this whole piece much harder than I needed to, but somehow, by the “Grace” of God it came together! Speaking of Grace…here is the back of the dresser.  Because this piece was to be displayed in a store, I had the added pressure of making the back spectacular as well!!

backThankfully she all came together just in time for the amazing Connie Kissel, from Liquid Time & Co. , Jewelry show!

splurges1Me and Connie!! Check out her jewelry online!

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Make sure you check out Splurges, one of my favorite shops in Greensboro (and beyond!)

located at 1564 B Highwoods Blvd. Greensboro, NC 27140

Color Mixing with Chalk Paint®

Yesterday I got serious about mixing up a large batch of a custom green using Chalk Paint®.  I have a client who is decorating a beach house.  She has found 6 different chairs to go in the home and requested a fun green to finish them in.  I played around with several versions using teaspoon amounts of Antibes, Arles and Olive.
This involves deep thinking and math at the same time! Yikes!
Here is a bigger look at the mad chemist at work!
I bought a few clean new paint cans at Home Depot to mix in.  They are only a little over $2.00 each and so worth it!
My original formula was 2 teaspoons of Antibes, 2 teaspoons of Arles and 1 teaspoon of Olive, a 2:2:1 ratio.
I next had to figure out my overall amount of paint (plus extra…remember always make extra!!)  Thank goodness we are doing fractions in 5th grade math and I’m up to speed.
I mixed 1 1/2 cups of Antibes, 1 1/2 cups of Arles and 3/4 cup of Olive
SHAZAM!
Here it is…I managed to get 2 chairs done with 2 coats….
I’ll share them when they are complete!

31 Days of ASCP, Day 19….Mixing Color!

Hav you tried mixing color yet?
We have done a little bit of mixing and playing to make new colors.  
The easiest way to start is to make different shades of your favorite colors is by adding Old White to them.

We like to play using teaspoonfuls, that way you are not using too much of your paint experimenting.  
Another important thing to remember is to RECORD your mixes in case you want to make them again!  Paint a swatch on a sheet of paper and right down your formula under it.  Another way we’ve seen it done is to use paint stirrers with the color on it and write down the formula on the paint stir stick.  
Mixing is not just for Old White….mixing 2 and 3 colors together is really fun!
This glorious apple green was made with 3 colors – Antibes Green, Arles and Chateau Grey!
One color we have failed at over and over is Orange!  So, we are super excited that Barcelona Orange will be back anytime now!  We can’t wait to pop the lid on that paint something Orange!  
Have you mixed anything together yet?

Do tell…we know there are some fabulous recipes out there!
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Green with Envy…

Close Up of Antibes

So, once again…Antibes Green from Annie Sloan is screaming greatness scratching the surface of beauty!!! This chair is a true antique, my mother was the one to point that out after I acquired it from my cousin, from her mother, from her mother, from well… you get the point. The great part is, I have two, but only painted one… I will save more greatness for a rainy day!!!

Yummy Details

This chair is a bit on the small side, but now stands tall with it’s texture and color. It’s always fun to see how each pice of furniture shows a new personality after you start. NEVER FAILS… I start with one color or technique and end in another. From the distressing to the waxing, each piece is unique to itself!

Green w/ Envy in ALL her Glory

Below you will see a chair which we did the imposto (I think that’s how you spell it) technique. It’s thick and rich… and I am dying to try on an entire piece of furniture!!! I was wanting you to see the difference that one can of paint (and color wax) a can make. Annie Sloan, once again, is rocking the ideas!!!

TWO techniques and styles… ONE color.

Want to learn this technique? Take our class at Hueology!!!

Have you painted something green? Share it with us via e-mail and maybe we will post it on our blog!!! Or go to our Hueology Facebook page and post your pics there… We LOVE to share!!!

{E-mail us for more details on the class at hueology@gmail.com}

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