You probably know by now that unless I am using Old White/Antique White or Pure White/Snow White, I rarely use a color straight out of the can. For the later part of 2014, I was busy with a lot of soft whites, but 2015 has brought about projects using Coco, French Linen, Paris Gray & Graphite.
My first project was a request from Laurie to paint 2 nights stands in a color that would work well in her master bedroom. She already has a tall chest painted in a gray, and her walls are a grayish beige. She gave me a paper plate with the two colors painted on it. I took a piece of molding, stained it, and then started mixing up different shades and combinations of Coco and French Linen. This is what I offered her choose from:
The paint color on the left is her tall chest and the color on the right is her wall color. The sample board on the left is French Linen with a Paris Gray wash. The sample board on the right is a Coco base with a French Linen/Paris Gray mixture to create a wash. Both samples were sealed and then dark wax was added.
Laurie chose the sample on the right.
My next project was a dresser, chest and night stand for a young man's bedroom. His mom knew she wanted grays, but narrowing down the right choice of gray can be a bit of a challenge. As it turned out Leslie Stocker's wonderful Colorways turned out to be a wonderful resource. Her color palettes are amazing!
We settled on a combination of Paris Gray and Graphite....
The chest had some lovely details that needed to be accentuated with glaze....
Here's the dresser....
And of course, refinished tops...
The theme of gray continued onto my next project. In this instance, Kim wanted these 3 pieces painted in a Smoky Gray. After looking through lots of inspiration via Pinterest, she decided on a blend of French Linen and Graphite.
We started with this...
And so far I've completed the dresser and night stand.
I'll be working on the chest this week and will hopefully get this project completed shortly! :)
My next project will be my vision....blues/pale greens...Colors of spring! :)
And as always, I'm studying pieces for inspiration. I found this in my attic a few weeks ago. Don't you just love the patina on it?
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