Mixing Colours

I love these rustic pieces.  They have very simple lines but they make a great statement in your home.

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One of my favourite things is when I get to mix my paints to make custom colours.  Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I mixed Napoleonic Blue and Barcelona to make this great navy colour.  The teal is a mixture of Graphite, French Linen, Provence and Arles. Both colours were waxed using a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of clear and dark wax.

I wanted to leave a lot of the pine showing, so the frames of the doors were left in their original unpainted condition.  I also added pine backing to the entire piece and dark waxed the pine.

I had so much fun doing this piece!

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8 Foot Garage Find!

8 Foot Garage Find!

 

This may be one of my best finds ever.  When I saw this listed for sale I knew I had to have it. When we went to pick it up it was in the gentleman’s garage. He told us it had belonged to his wife’s grandparents.  It was covered in grey shiny paint…the ENTIRE thing!

I could see a lot of sanding ahead, but that was ok because I knew it had great potential.

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I thought about painting it cream, but instead I wanted it to have a bit more personality. I created a custom colour with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint mixing Provence, Graphite, French Linen and Arles. That’s my favourite part of painting, mixing my own colours!  I love how it turned out.  In fact, it’s the most popular post I’ve ever had on my FB page!

This 8 foot kitchen island turned out exactly like I had envisioned. 🙂

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Grandpa’s Gift

When Kyla contacted me about doing this cabinet, and I heard the story behind it, I absolutely had to do it for her!

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This was made by her grandfather from the crib she used to sleep in as a baby and he had made it for her when she was a young girl…what a wonderful gift from a grandfather to his granddaughter.  Kyla requested a grey/blue colour to update it so she could use it in her decor.  I used a custom colour mixed from ASCP Paris Grey, Old White and Duck Egg Blue.

While I was painting, I couldn’t stop thinking of how much joy he must have felt while building this, and how special it must be to her.  This is definitely a piece that will be passed down.

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I was so happy to do this for you Kyla!

From Dark to Light

In my last post, I let you know how big of a job it was to transform our house to what it is now.  This next area is our front entryway.  When we looked at the house, we immediately knew it had to be changed. It was just so dark!!

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So…we tore out the front door with strict instructions from me that I wanted the side light windows saved!! It was more work than just ripping it out but I will show you what I did with them.  So worth the extra effort!  I wanted to keep the original slate floors because I loved the colours in it and knew it would be a nice contrast to all the hardwood we were putting in.

The panelling had to go as well!  We wanted a nice and bright entryway and more natural light.  So the process begins..

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These are the stairs leading down to the front entryway…before…definitely needed lightening up!

After a lot of hard work by us and our wonderful friends and family…here are the results.  It went from Dark to Light!

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My online find dresser painted with ASCP in Pure White.
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This frame came from Mark’s grandmother. Isn’t it gorgeous!? Hand stamped design in the wood. Very special…

 

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Mark wanted to change out the bannister, but I got my way and we kept the rod iron. I love the black contrast!

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And here is what I did with the side panels of the front door.  What do you think?  I love how it makes the entry to the kitchen seem larger….

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So there you have it.  Our dark entryway, transformed into a nice bright area!

Blah Brown to Beautiful Layering

I picked up this chair at a yard sale and could see it’s potential.  It has great lines and detailing, but the colour was dreadful.  Brown on brown…it needed a facelift!  I’ve painted a chair in the past with Annie Sloan chalk paint and knew it would work on this one as well.

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The entire chair was painted with Coco first and then the wood was done with layers of Paris Grey and Old White.
I also did a wash of Paris Grey over the Coco on the seat and back just to lighten it up a bit and it was distressed to give it that worn look.

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The entire piece was clear and dark waxed.

When it was done I thought it needed some more interest on the seat and back so I added the grain sack stripes in Paris Grey and Old White.  And it’s done!!

**I love creating something new from something old**

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I love this colour combination…Much better than the brown!

Annie Sloan Makeover

I have seen many makeovers on chairs using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so when I got this chair I knew it would be the perfect candidate!

She was shiny striped and a bit dirty from being in storage.
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I was really nervous when I started and thought “this will never work”…
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Well, wasn’t I surprised! I absolutely love it!!

Reading other posts from very talented people helped me do this. The one I followed was from Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes…I have their link on my facebook page.
You spray the material with water, go 50/50 with paint and water and paint the material. You do have to wait 24 hours between coats and also spray the material each time you paint a coat. Add your decorative finishes, wax and you are done! I also painted and dark waxed the wood. Who would have known you could paint a chair? Once it is waxed it feels a bit like leather.

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This chair was painted in Old White and the highlights are Paris Grey. The wood was also painted in Old White but then dark waxed for some contrast.

I would definitely try this again!