My latest project is painting a vintage mahogany secretary that is similar in construction to the beautiful one pictured above. My client has requested that I use this photo as inspiration for a finish of blues, greys, and white to create a Gustavian look for her piece.
Here is how I intend to duplicate this look. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my first coat will be Graphite. Next a light coat of Louis Blue for the areas of blue. French Linen for the upper cabinet. After that is dry I will mix some old white in French Linen and lightly paint over areas previously painted top. I will also mix Louis Blue with Old White to make some areas lighter on the blue drawers and an even whiter/blue mix for the interior. The purpose of these additional layers is to create depth and texture. I usually go back after it is dry and add to certain areas, until I’m satisfied. I do very little sanding, preferring to add paint to lighten, darken, or modify color.
I’ve had several requests for more details about the painting process so I am including a brief explanation of my techniques. Some days more than others. Please let me know in the comment section or by email if you have additional questions.
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