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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