Hi All! I was recently asked by Country Chic Paint to be one of their guest bloggers and I’m excited to share my first project collaboration with them. If you haven’t used their paint yet, you should! It’s a chalk and mineral based zero VOC paint with a very happy color palette. Because it has been such a harsh winter here in the Boston area with the calendar indicating Spring but all other signs still pointing to winter, I wanted to makeover this piece in a color that felt like…well…Spring. I started by combining the Country Chic colors Bliss and Elegance in a 50/50 ratio, giving me a nice turquoise. Country Chic paint is very easy to mix and covers extremely well.
Because I wanted to create a soft, weathered look on this piece, I thinned the turquoise out with water and applied the first coat very thin allowing some of the wood to show through. After that was completely dry, I applied a second thin coat. Because my goal was a soft, muted color, I added a wash of Vanilla Frosting after both coats of the Bliss/Elegance mixture were dry. I did this by mixing Country Chic’s color Vanilla Frosting with water in roughly a ratio of two parts paint to one part water. I then applied that over the turquoise, wiping off the excess and rubbing the white color into the turquoise to soften it.
In this picture I have applied the white wash to all of the drawers except the top large one. You can see how the wash softens the turquoise without entirely changing the color.
Once the entire piece was coated with the turquoise mixture and the white wash, I moved onto sanding. I sanded the flat surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to ensure the piece was super smooth, blend the colors, and expose just a bit more of the wood grain. I then highlighted the details and edges by distressing them with sandpaper too. Finally, I finished the bureau with clear wax, a gentle buffing, and added large glass knobs.
I tied on one of my tags and it’s all ready to head to The Barn at Todd Farm.
After experiencing the snowiest winter in Boston history and still having snow piled up outside, I needed to feel a little bit of Spring. This bureau feels a bit like it to me, how about you?
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