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….