I mentioned the other day on my Facebook page that I went to Queensland for the weekend, and paid a visit to my lovely and talented painting mate, Sandy of Paint Me White.
Her shop is as gorgeous as I expected it would be, and I am so proud of her for following her dream.
She is such a hard worker and deserves every success!
I bought some tins of Chalk Paint™ while I was there, including a colour I hadn't used before - Florence. This gorgeous little phone seat that my daughter is sitting on totally sold me on the colour - it wasn't the one I had gone in there to buy but after I saw what could be done with it, I couldn't leave without it!
I was desperate to paint something with it as soon as I returned, so I bought this on Monday and got straight to work.
One of my kind clients alerted me to this piece last week (thanks, Tracy!) and at the time I was more interested in going away for the weekend than working out how to get a hutch home so left it there. Come Monday, my mood had changed and luckily for me it was still there!
I didn't want to use the Florence in full strength so I mixed it 1:1 with Old White.
This mix makes a gorgeous fresh colour, but it is still pretty bright! I wanted a soft, worn, layered look for this piece so after two coats of the 1:1 mix, I further lightened the mix by adding more Old White - can't tell you quantities sorry, I just piled some in till I liked the look of it!
I did one coat of the lighter colour, then made a whitewash of Old White and applied that to all of the blue/green bits, wiping it off with a dry clean cloth.
I painted the backing board and cupboard fronts in Old White, over the top of the Florence/Old White mix.
Once all the paint was dry I hit it with my mouse sander and 240 grit sandpaper, wearing the top layer of paint off in places to reveal the slightly deeper colour underneath.
After a wax and a buff, here it is...
To me the hutch looks quite blue in some shots - I'm not quite sure how to describe it - it's neither blue nor green, but it is very pretty :)
This photo shows the layers of colour, showing up the grain lines in the timber.
Cathy at La 'Bella Petite had a buyer for this as soon as it was finished, so I'm off down the highway tomorrow to deliver it!
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