The infamous “before” on this french provincial beauty
Really she is in great shape save a little veneer that needed to be secured. I knew I wanted to have some fun with those curves and cabriole legs! This would be a GREAT opportunity to take the time to play with blended paint using my Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint. Blending, layering and shading with paint, using the furniture as my canvas is my favorite method for painting furniture. I wouldn’t be taking a Bermuda Blending approach, rather this would be Moody Blue Blended Paint. You can actually catch the entire LIVE Moody Blue Blending Series HERE!
To recreate your own blended finish I recommend using 2 colors.
1 light/bright color
1 deeper color in the same color family
You can get those HERE!
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First thing is prep. This means cleaning, scuffing, and priming. Do you HAVE to do this? Of course not! BUT I want my finish to last and I dont want to have variables like old greasy hand prints or old grimy dirt causing issues with adhesion or these gorgeous hues!
Once I have everything shellacked
and its dried well, I add what I call my crumb coat.
A LOT of people had questions about what I mean, and I answered that in Video 1.
But thats it,.. just a very thin base coat. Just enough to lay a little color (Or a lot as tends to happen with Wise Owl Paint!) and add some grip. Wise Owl is a clay/chalk paint so you can feel the texture once its laid. This helps to GRAB the paint on the second coat. You can see at the end of Video 1
what that second coat looks like,.. complete coverage!
Here you can see where I began the blended paint process! Misting the surface as I go I use the entire piece as a canvas. I’m getting an idea of where I want the deeper navy tones and where I want the turquoise. I continue this all over until I get the look I want everywhere,.. blended paint and mists,.. using no more than a few sqirts of paint in each area.
You can see how I go about this process in videos 2-4 with a close up in Video 4!
Once all of the blending and primary colors are applied, you can have fun with highlighting and shading! Again keeping a damp surface and brush,.. use an artists brush to apply colors to accent and play with all of the details… you are able to see how I approach this in video 3!
Aren’t those blues just lovely?! Now,.. would you really want that water muddied by dirt, oil, and grime? No WAY! Never be scared to prep your canvas and create a beautiful work surface to start with!
Now, I had originally thought I wanted to distress! The color and curves remind my of my curvy bombe
! (You can see that HERE)
I just slightly distressed it and loved the warm tones of the wood peaking through. You can see me walking through that process on this buffet HERE
in part 4. It would be short lived though. I ended up not caring for it and went back to a more evenly painted look by washing over it. Then FINALLY to spray the top coat! I love the look of a 50/50 mix of Satin and Matte in my Wise Owl Varnish
It just results in such a lovely silky sheen that I love! As you can see above the color washes, blending, and highlighting results in peaks of beautiful hues,.. Be sure to check out the videos
to also see my approach with the hardware and final touches! (Like how to make those drawers glide super smooth!) Its always those last little touches that pull it all together! You can see the run through HERE
. So are you ready for the final look? This is another of my favorites,.. I know,.. they all end up that way right?? But this was a lot of fun and just finalized that Wise Owl is the brand for me,. We are a perfect fit!
Now if you are interested in joining a guided group where you are taught and encouraged to grow your painting technique and HOW to update grandmas old dresser, check this out (Click Me)
In an attempt to create a smaller circle that I can focus on and encourage and teach I have partnered with another amazing artist! Kandice from Just the Woods
! It will be exclusively for you and me and ONLY other like minded artists that want to grow. No discouragement or judgement. Everyone will be committed to the same goals. I hope to see you over there!
I KNOW you just want the pics right?? Ok here you go, and until next time, thanks for stopping into That Sweet Tea Life!
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