Finding the right green to do justice to this stately chest of drawers was a challenge. It needed great depth and richness without being too ordinary or cheerful. None of the standard greens seemed up to the task, so using some of my favorites I mixed and layered custom colors.
First I made the dark rich emerald using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors, Florence and Antibes Green, in a ratio of approximately 5 to 1. To that color I added varying amounts of Pure & Original Classico (a chalk based paint), in Black. I need to caution that mixing and using different brands together is extremely risky. Both Annie Sloan and Pure & Original would be horrified that I did this. It was impossible to know if they could be used together at all, let alone mixing the paints together. In this case all turned out well, but I tried it out first on a scrap piece of furniture. If you choose to experiment with different brands together, I strongly urge you to test it first.
They are both chalk based paints and usually adhere easily to almost anything, although maybe not mixed together. In this case they were extremely compatible and I had no problems. I did a first layer of dark emerald and layered shades (the custom green mixed with varying amounts of P&O Black) over it. I also used Annie’s Duck Egg Blue (also mixed with P&O Black to create highlights). I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax to seal because I wanted some sheen.
Side note: I’ve used Annie’s Wax to seal Pure & Original, and Pure & Original’s Dead Flat Eco Seal to seal ASCP many times with no problems.
The color and finish remind me of a dark emerald velvet fabric with deep variations of texture and nap. I honestly don’t know how I could have achieved this look without using both brands. Annie Sloan offers greens not available in Pure & Original. I needed a strong Black, and Annie’s Graphite, while a rich, beautiful, charcoal, just isn’t black. That said, this turned out to be one of my favorite projects.
What do you think? Do you regularly use different brands together? Have you had any problems when you did? How did you solve them?