Well, here we are in November. Can you believe it?! In just a little more than a couple of weeks we’ll be traveling to be with family or gathering guests in our home to celebrate a season of gratitude. If you’re like me you like to make sure your home is in tip top shape for holiday guests, with decorations in all the right places and ample entertaining space. Do you need permission to splurge a little bit to create your ideal entertaining space? Consider it granted! (Sometimes it just takes a little nudge from someone to say it’s ok, right?) 🙂
I painted this china hutch a few weeks ago and since we’re full steam ahead into fall now, I thought it might be fun to share with you the colors I used on it. It was inspired by the first glimpse I had of a photo in a magazine of pumpkins. You know, the orange and green, and white, and oh-so-fun-to-decorate-with pumpkins! So I chose these tones as my color palette and this is the result.
I used a combination of Sherwin Williams colors in Behr paints for this lady (Navel, Obstinate Orange, Knockout Orange), plus Basque Green and Repose Gray from Heirloom Traditions and Primer Red from Annie Sloan. You may be thinking “can you mix latex paint and chalk paint??…”. If you are, here’s a new secret I learned (better than Plaster of Paris, in my opinion)! There is a bonding agent made by Pixie Dust Paint Company. Super easy to use and they make it in a liquid AND a powder. I simply chose my colors, purchased them from Home Depot (sample sizes so it was super cheap), and mixed a couple ounces of the liquid Pixie Dust Paint Company bonding agent with my paint colors. Presto! You have paint colors you got to choose from any latex paint line with the bonding and distressing properties of chalk paint! (Note: they are not paying me to promote their product, I’m simply sharing this tip with my readers!)
I’ll admit as I was working on this piece I became a little stumped and it definitely had an ugly phase. The top of the base was done the same as the sides and something just wasn’t right visually. So I consulted with mentor and interior designer Maria Revollo for some advice. She suggested trying to create some contrast on the top of the base and gave me a few tips. I love the end result of her suggestion so much!
I decided it also needed some heavy distressing in random areas on the rest of the piece and really love how the wood shows through in places. I added some Annie Sloan Dark Wax for an antiquing effect.
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