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Annie Sloan Old White + Old Violet = Cool White

ANNIE SLOAN COLOR MIX TO CREATE COOL WHITEI have a great tip to share with all of my Annie Sloan chalk paint fans.  I only just discovered this myself, after all of these years!

I have a new client and I’m working on a very pretty chest of drawers and headboard for her.  She wants it in a bright white.  Annie Sloan Old White has too much yellow in it for her taste.  We are going instead with Annie Sloan Pure White.  It actually – believe it or not – is my first time using Pure White. I went to my AS stockist to purchase it and we started chatting about whites.  Anyhoo – she shared that if you take Old White and add a smidge of Old Violet it actually takes the yellow out of the Old White and creates a lovely, cool white.

I had to give it a try.  Annie Sloan color mix

I poured a small amount of the Old White and took a guess on how much Old Violet to add.Annie Sloan color mix Annie Sloan color mix Annie Sloan color mix

At first the color was too gray.  Annie Sloan Color mixApparently only a tiny bit of Old Violet does the trick.  I added more Old White and the result was a cool, almost silver tinged white!   Annie Sloan color mix Annie Sloan color mix

Just a fun tip for my painting friends ?

The Annie Sloan Old Violet Desk and a Happy Ending

I am so happy!  The lovely vintage desk refinished in Annie Sloan Old Violet chalk paint has found a new home.Annie Sloan Old Violet I helped load it into the customer’s SUV yesterday.  I watched it slowly drive away and disappear into the snowy streets towards Virginia (yes, that was meant to sound sappy)!

This piece started as a true throwaway.desk12And now has become a beautiful vintage addition to a modern home.  It is going into a newly created home office where it will once again become a working desk and look beautiful.Annie Sloan Old VioletAnnie Sloan Old VioletI worked so hard refinishing the rope trim and the top.  She is having a piece of glass fitted for it.  Perfect!Annie Sloan Old Violet

Did I mention j’adore Old Violet?  It is a sweet blue with a touch of lavender.  I love it after it has been waxed and the hue deepens.Annie Sloan Old Violet A great ending to this little desk’s story.  A new life awaits!Annie Sloan Old Violet

The Countdown Continues – Best of 2014

Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

Yesterday, I shared a few of my favorite pieces from 2014 and am continuing the countdown today!

Number 7: The Cottage Cabinet

This cabinet was left in the trash and snow at my friend’s apartment complex.  I brought it home, cleaned and shored it up.  All of the shelves inside were missing and getting new ones made was a little tricky as the cabinet is curved.  I created a template by tracing the top of the cabinet onto cardboard and then cut it down to size until the cardboard fit perfectly inside the cabinet.  I took the template and had the shelves cut at my local glass shop and they fit like a glove.  Here is where the cabinet was found and the after.  A true trash to treasure!  I used General Finishes milk paint in Millstone for a cottage look.cab

 Number 6: Old Violet Love

I happen to love the Annie Sloan color, Old Violet.  It is blue with a hint of lavender and is a great color to mix with others or to add a wash to.  It creates a lovely, soft look on any piece and I believe it lends itself to my French finds.  It was the perfect choice for this gorgeous french dresser from the 1930’s.  The piece itself was stunning and the paint and clear and dark waxes enhanced it.  The piece was sold with the nightstands pictured as a full bedroom set.Old Violet www.thepainteddrawer.com Old Violet www.thepainteddrawer.com Old Violet www.thepainteddrawer.com

Number 5: The Midnight Sideboard

For someone who really never used black paint before, 2014 was certainly the year I went outside of the box!  I fell in love with the look and General Finishes Lamp Black.  This piece was a custom job for a client and the result was stunning.  The new glass pulls sparkle against the dark background and I only slightly distressed it to showcase its lines.  My client was thrilled and so was I when it was featured on Apartment Therapy!black10Midnight Sideboard www.thepainteddrawer.com Check in tomorrow as the countdown continues!

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Back to Life, Back to Reality…

Rockler.comBeach week is over –BeachTime to get back to reality!  I have emails to return and projects to complete.  The Old Violet french dresser and farmhouse tables are being picked up and delivered this week.Old Violet French Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.com Old Violet French Dresser www.thepainteddrawer.comThe dresser that these painted drawer’s belong to is waiting patiently for its makeover.painted drawers www.thepainteddrawer.comIt’s unfinished in the garage along with this lovely new find.French Buffet www.thepainteddrawer.com

Busy, busy!

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