Thursday, 26 December 2013
I'm Lovin' the Grey!
The one thing I LOVE about painting furniture using faux finishes/chalk paint, is that I really don't think there is such a thing as a "mistake". Take these chairs for example - they actually started out in the same vintage celery colour that I painted the tall boy I just sold...and now look! I can't even really remember EXACTLY how they came to be this colour, it was just a lot of paint mixing, testing out "washes" and sanding. I am in love with the driftwood finish that came out of all of that, and I will most definitely use this technique again!
Basically what I did to achieve this result was paint a base grey colour (fairly light) all over the chairs to make it solid with no brown showing through. Then I watered down black latex paint and used a small artist's brush and painted faux grain onto the light grey. Once that was dry I used warm water to rub sections of the surface to blend it in, then sanded the edges. Finally I finished the chairs with the paste wax and buffed to a shine.
I think this particular finish would also look reallllly great using a robin's egg blue/bright teal colour. Maybe I will get to try that out one day!
So, these chairs are currently up for sale - $175 for the set (which I personally think is awesome considering the amount of time spent on these!). Please contact if you are interested.
In the meantime, I am headed to the cottage to enjoy some R&R before I come home to face the mountain of furniture I have accumulating in my "workshop"! Honestly though, I am looking forward to getting some serious painting done in the New Year - keep an eye on the blog for updates.
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!