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Making Brown – Color Recipe

brown1Most furniture is some form of brown before you paint it.  Chances are you are not going to paint all your furniture brown.  However, sometimes you really need a good brown as part of your color palette on a project.  I’ve made many browns with Chalk Paint® and have loved them all!

My most recent custom project needed some brown….so this time I mixed up Primer Red and Olive.  I started with 1 cup of Primer Red and 1 cup of Olive, mixed it, and then sampled it on the surface.  I then decided I needed a “bit more” Olive.  This is where you say “a bit more???”  Yep, I estimate I added about 1/4 cup more Olive to this recipe.

brown2I paired with rich Old Ochre on the legs and the chairs!

 

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Another great color recipe for a deep espresso brown is to mix Barcelona Orange and Graphite in a 1:1 ratio!

Letting go of Control of the Brush!

The moving truck was due any day….and …. the painters had my entire house taped off, and the ceilings were down and painted in record time.
My original intention was to just have the living room and dining room painted and I would do the rest myself.  I’ve painted a few rooms in my life so what were a few more right?
As the hours went by I kept adding rooms!! In the end I had everything ceiling, baseboard, crown molding, door and wall painted except the basement and the bonus room.
SO WORTH IT!!!
I had a fresh clean slate to bring in the furniture and start decorating!  I let go of the CONROL issues and CHEAPNESS issues and I am so relieved I did!  I can save in other ares.  Time is worth money!!  And I saved TONS of that!!
I also did not have much time to pick out my paint colors because the guys were rolling….
Here is my basic pallet I used in the house.  Snowbound looks more gray on the screen.  It is my favorite “White” ever.  I used it in my dining room in my last house and knew I wanted it again.
Here are a few SUPER quick photos I snapped right before movers rolled in with furniture.
Snowbound in the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen.  White Trim.
Repose Gray in the hallway and laundry room and boys bathroom.
Mindful Gray in the half bath and boys bedrooms.
Where is my blue? Last minute I added Woodlawn Blue to Master.  I’m not sure about it…it’s REALLY blue in there.  But, I’m keeping it for now.
OK…gotta go unpack some boxes!!