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!
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….
I’ve got a few words to say today about custom mixes….
and when I say custom mixes I mean
mixing colors together
making waxes and glazes
mixing color and wax
and so on
and so on
Here is my unofficial rule….which still has failed me on occasion….
MAKE TWICE AS MUCH
I have screwed myself a few times over. I’ve estimated how much I will need and I RUN OUT before finishing up my piece! I’ve tried to duplicate what I’ve made and I’ve failed, causing 2 and 3 times the amount of work I ever would have had to do if I had not made TWICE AS MUCH as I had estimated needing!
I know it can seem wasteful. You are thinking “why waste what I don’t use?” “Will I ever use this shade again?” Chances are “No”. But, you have saved your self a lot of additional product you may have to use trying to recreate your original formula. Plus, you save yourself a lot of time!
Time is MONEY!
I charge more for custom mixes knowing that I will be making more than I need. I’ve learned the hard way too many times!