I had to dust off my keyboard and computer screen, it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post!
The dust has settled on the new store opening in Old Town Monrovia and I feel as though I have regained my life back. As a result, I was able to tackle a fun painting project..for the sheer enjoyment of it. Imagine that.
I picked up this ornately detailed antique dresser months ago at an antique store near my sister’s house. It was a great piece for a nice shade of neutral…some Paris Grey, French Linen or Coco. But I have been painting so much light and neutral shades for the past three months I had the itch for a little excitement!
I started with a 50/50 mix of Florence and Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint®. I didn’t mix the batch thoroughly and was able to get some marbling effects as the brush blended the colors together while I was painting. Once the base color dried, I added some more Florence to the mix and watered it down to create a wash.
The top got a thorough wash with the Florence mixture and the effect is pretty erratic since I added it to the peacock blue shade that I had mixed for the base coat.
I didn’t want to give a whole lot of distressing since the detail spoke for itself, but there were some problems with chipping veneer so I hit the edges and imperfect sections with some 220 grit sandpaper then finished with a top coat made up of heavy Dark Wax to Clear Wax mixture.