Thursday, May 8, 2014

Adding a Little Peacock Blue to My Portfolio

As a student of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, I have long admired and enjoyed working with her subtle colors of grays, creams, whites, blacks and blues.  They are lovely and elegant and in sync with my personal style.  However, every magazine I pick up has pictures of pieces with "a pop of color".  There is a strong desire in today's design to add bright, vibrant colors to decorating schemes.  As I am just discovering the wonders of General Finishes Milk Paint, my eye caught their Corinth Blue.  So let's start the journey:

Here is the "Before" minus the hardware....typical 1970s style end table.  Good bones, wonderful deep drawer for storage, but very average looking. 



I gave them (yes, there is a pair) a good sanding and then scrubbing with steel wool and denatured alcohol.  I'm not sure this much prep is necessary, but when starting out with a new product, I'd prefer to take extra steps for durability until I fully understand the product I am working with.

I've used the GF Lamp Black and loved how it covered....and the Corinth Blue was no different.  



The color is gorgeous and helps bring out the interesting design of the drawers and legs.  The blue is a bit bright (for my conservative eyes!) so I used the General Finishes Van Dyke Brown glaze to help tone down the brightness.  I also chose to use their High Performance Poly Top Coat.  It gives a smooth, and very durable finish.  You do have to be mindful of drips when applying it, so if you give it a try, keep an eye out for a drip to sneak up on you!  :)  I just keep a small artist brush nearby and smooth out the drip....The poly levels beautifully and gives a very even finish.


I was thrilled when I picked these up to learn they still had the original hardware!




Although this bright color was not in my normal "wheelhouse", you can expect to see more of this from RPK.  I was delighted with the outcome and am hopeful they find a loving home that needs a 'pop of color'!


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13 comments:

  1. I love these! I, too, tend to stick to the neutrals in the Annie Sloan line because I love them so much. You might have just inspired me to add a pop of color.

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    1. Inspired? That's great to hear! Funny how this all works..I get inspired and then maybe inspire someone else! Very cool! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      Robin

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  2. I love that bold blue! Gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful……great styling too!

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. Thanks, Mary! The black and white photograph was taken by my daughter while she was visiting the ruins at Pompeii. So glad you liked the vignette....

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  4. These are beautiful! I love the color!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! They found a home just yesterday by a young couple looking for the exact color. The funny thing is they commented how much better they looked in person...which makes me want to hurl my camera right out the window! Ha!

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  5. I love the blue and the glaze toned it down nicely! What a pretty pair!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Your emerald green table gave me the courage to post at your party! You always do such lovely things with bright, bold colors!

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  6. Ooooh, I love these! My favorite color!

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  7. Love, love, love the color. Beautiful pieces. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
    Kristi

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  8. beautiful and bold. And I love the even shine on them
    Thanks for sharing
    Fiona x

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