Our client had previously had her builder grade oak cabinets painted and glazed very dark quite a few years ago. The island was also painted black.
We used Old White Chalk Paint® on the perimeter cabinets and added some dark brown glaze. The island was done with Chateau Grey Chalk Paint® with Old White highlights and dark brown glaze. The silver brush nickel knobs were replaced with oil rubbed bronze handles and pulls! It is amazing how lighter and brighter the kitchen became!
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!
Lets talk a little bit about Oak today. There is lots of different images that come to mind when I think of oak. Very old antique oak can be beautiful. But then there is the other “Oak Factor”. Visit any yard sale or Goodwill and you will know what I’m talking about. Great pieces, with great lines, solid and well made but very “oaky”. Often times very shiny too! These pieces are screaming “I need some Annie Sloan” for a super quick makeover. They can give your room an entire new look. Great pieces that you don’t mind really experimenting with color on.
For this table we chose Old Ochre and Chateau Grey
We layered the two colors and then did some heavy distressing to reveal back the bottom color and some of the wood. We finished the piece off with clear wax and she was ready to find a new home!
So, don’t be afraid to cover that oak, it is no sin in the world of Annie Sloan Paint!