Napoleonic Blue and Graphite

Napoleonic Blue and Graphite

 

 

This old chest of drawers is solid oak and is going to go in a boy’s bedroom. Using my favorite paint for vintage furniture, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, I painted a first coat of Napoleonic Blue. The second coat was a mix (about 1:1) of  Graphite and Napoleonic Blue layered to not only darken the blue, but also to add interest and depth with a second color. A finish of Clear and Dark Wax. The top and knobs were left the original color for a bit of contrast.

If you love blue as I much as I do, check out my posts, Chinese Apothecary Cabinet where I use a combination of ASCP blues, Country Blue Wardrobe  and how to make a Denim Blue.

 

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Anna Modé

What a beautiful color it became Leslie. I am sooooo curios about Napoleonic Blue and quess what, tomorrow I shall get the first delivery of it. It was introduced here in Europe last week and I am gonna have it tomorrow!!! yeah!!
but the whole weekend is busy with a big garden fair where me and my friend are gonna make a garden. So the painting has to wait until the next week. I shall send you some photos from the garden show…. HUGS from me

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Leslie Stocker

Anna,
You will love Napoleon Blue. It still amazes me you didn’t have it before now. (Especially with that name). This project was so easy. Ist coat NB and 2nd coat NB mixed with graphite. Just a little over 1 hour and part of that was waiting for it to dry. Good luck with the garden show, can’t wait to see your photos. xoxo

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Joni Oliphant

LOVE all of your posts! Question…when you did the second coat, did you water it down at all, or just use the two colors? It looks so well blended.

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Leslie Stocker

Joni and Paula,
This project was super easy. NB as 1st coat. It was a little too blue and not dark enough so I mixed about 1/2 NB & 1/2 Graphite and painted a not quite solid 2nd coat. I purposefully leave parts of the first layer exposed. Sometimes i go back and touch up but this chest didn’t require much. Unlike many people who like a “distressed” style, I do very little sanding. It just doesn’t work for me(too vigorous). Some pieces require more light coats but the NB and Graphite went on smoothly. Thanks for asking. I love questions!
Cheers,
Leslie

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Paula Clements

Going along with Joni’s question, when you layer, are you completely covering the 1st coat with the second coat or do you leave some of the original color showing? I love your work and am trying to learn the techniques to get the looks you achieve. Thanks for the help.

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Mary Ruth Kozma

I bought a sample of the Napoleonic blue, and love the life this color has! Going to try the mix with Graphite because this (for me) takes the color to the Nautical feel I am going for! Love your piece, it is a dignified blue expression that would fit in a lot of rooms styles with a quieted but strong presence.

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