I picked up a great set of Kling solid hard rock maple bedroom furniture, which included a chest, vanity, stool and mirror. I didn't want this to be refinished as a 'set' so I painted the vanity, mirror and stool together. I'll show you the 'relove' of the chest in a later post. Here's the picture of the vanity....
I loved the legs, fluting on the sides, quality construction, but wasn't crazy about the knobs. As always, I stripped the top and although it was maple, it was in good shape and decided to stain it.
I've been enjoying using the Milk Paints from General Finishes. I love the silky smooth way it goes on, and easy clean up. So Halcyon Blue was my vision for this piece. I applied one coat of ASCP Old Ochre and then a coat of the Halcyon Blue. Ug! The Halcyon Blue is way brighter than what I envisioned! What to do? I'm thinking a wash of a toned down blue would soften the look...so let's test it out on my trusty paper plate.
Yep! I'm liking the look of the ASCP Duck Egg Blue as a wash over the Halcyon.
I had a couple of options for the fabric on the stool & knobs for the drawers.. The fabric on the pillow pictured here was one option along with the knobs pictured here....
But my Facebook family voted on a paisley fabric (thanks, Mary & to everyone else who weighed in!).
And the customer who adopted the vanity voted on glass knobs:
They didn't need the stool or mirror, so I still have those two pieces....but they loved the color, fluting detail and refinished top. Their floors are hardwood and they had been looking for a blue desk with wood top. I used the Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and the entire piece received the General Finishes High Performance Poly Top Coats. I really like that product!
So there you have it....a wash in a softer, more muted shade was perfect for toning down the brightness of the original blue.
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