Louise, a reader of Colorways, found some inspiration photos on Pinterest and asked for my help in getting a similar finish. Here are the beautiful photos she sent. I love getting the opportunity to work on this kind of project, it’s fun for me, and I wish I had time to do it more often.
It’s always a little tricky working from photos viewed on a computer screen. Colors are notoriously inconsistent from one computer, phone or tablet to the next. So what looks like a blue with green undertones to me, may appear more of a green to you. I can make suggestions, based on what I see, but it’s not the same as looking at the actual painted finish.
Let’s take a look at the first photo’s paneled doors from a selection I enlarged in Photoshop.A good color to start with is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Old Violet, and I would paint a solid first coat. Additionally I would mix a little Graphite into the Old Violet and paint in the shadows with a dry brush method. Dilute a 1:1 mix of Old Violet and Louis Blue with water (about 50%) and paint a wash to add depth to the finish. Finally, add Louis Blue in select areas in a layered light coat for highlights. Finish with Clear Wax. If you are in doubt about how to do any of these techniques, you can view my video tutorials by clicking here.
The second photo features a vintage dressing table a grey green finish, similar to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, Duck Egg Blue. After painting a solid first coat of the Duck Egg Blue, mix Old White and Duck Egg Blue in varying amounts to make a range of tints. Apply these in light layers to give more dimension to the finish. Finish with Clear Wax and add shadows with Dark Wax.
Thank you so much Louise for sending in these photos and allowing me to create this post.