Most 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.
I paired with rich Old Ochre on the legs and the chairs!
Another great color recipe for a deep espresso brown is to mix Barcelona Orange and Graphite in a 1:1 ratio!
I was beyond giddy when a friend of mine asked me to paint this antique oak dresser she had recently acquired! Of course I forgot to take a before photo!
The oak was natural and beautiful and thirsty for some paint….
Does that make sense?
What I mean is that it is a treat to paint real natural wood.
I was even more thrilled when we decided to go with a 50/50 mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Provence is one of my favorite colors and I think I loved it even more with the Old White in it!!
The natural grain of the oak was beautiful so we decided to keep some of it showing through by doing a wash of Old White on top, and sealed it with some Clear Soft Wax.
The original handles were a great aged bronze. So instead of Dark Wax we used Royal Designs stencil creme in Bronze Aged and rubbed in areas to add an aged look. I then sealed it all with Clear Soft Wax. I was super pleased at how the stencil creme finished this piece off. The “predictable” outcome of distressing and using Dark Wax just would have been too “predictable”! Ha!
My friend is using this as a nightstand on her side of the bed!
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
Here it is…I managed to get 2 chairs done with 2 coats….
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!