Thursday, August 22, 2013

Console Table Makeover in Cutom Dove Grey

I used to think grey was boring.  Grey is anything but boring!  Each and every time I paint a piece of furniture grey, I am amazed at the versatility and depth of the color.  If you have been following me for the past year and a half, you know that I love and am loyal to Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  Over a year ago I partnered up with the owner of Camas Antiques, where I rent a booth space and sell my treasures, to instruct the Chalk Paint® workshops there at her store.  One of the first colors I used from Annie Sloan's palette and fell in love with was Paris Grey.  I have painted many pieces in Paris Grey since then...more than I can count!  It continues to be a favorite color of mine.  But when I recently ran out of Paris Grey, I decided to buy a can of French Linen to play with this time around. 
French Linen is a much darker, different grey than Paris.  I like it as is but for this table, I decided I wanted to lighten it up.  I mixed 1 part French Linen to 1 part Old White.  The result was a soft, lovely Dove Grey!  I will most definitely be mixing this color up again!
After a coat of clear wax, I had a nice soft, cool grey.  Adding the dark wax made it a warmer tone and gave it the old worn look that I wanted.
Paris Grey often picks up a slight blue hue, but this mix really gives you a true grey.
I am enjoying some late summer blooms.  Pink roses are always a lovely accessory, especially against a grey background!
Mid-painting I had an idea.  Even with it's new color, this table was still looking a little too early 80's for my taste.  I realized it was the standard brass drawer pull that was throwing me off.  It had to go.  As it was attached to a faux drawer, it really wasn't necessary anyway...but, still something decorative was needed there.  I pulled out my treasure trove of old hardware and played with a few ideas before deciding on this lovely old metal piece.  I am sure it was once a drawer pull that got separated from it's handle at some point.  A little glue, a few nails, a bit of paint, some light distressing and a little wax and...voila!  I love it! 
My husband loves this table!  Hearing him say it pleased me to no end!  He doesn't get too enthusiastic about all of my furniture makeovers, so when he says he really likes a piece, I know he means it!  He said we should keep this one.  Well, we will enjoy it for about a week and then it's off to the Camas Vintage Street Faire! 
I have so much to do to prepare for this fabulous event that I really should get off of the computer and get back to painting!
Thank you so much for visiting me today!  I hope you are having a lovely week!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing with...
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NanaDiana said...

That turned out really great. The grey really makes the details pop-when the brown wood didn't show them off at all- xo Diana

Suzan Sweatman said...

It's beautiful - my favorite part of using Chalk Paint is creating new colors - but I have to admit my signature color is also Paris Grey and White or Old White - that seems to be what my customer base likes the best!!!
Love everything thing you do - really - you're amazing!

Kim said...

It is quite beautiful. The table is so pretty and I love the new handle versus the old. I love the pink flowers on top.

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Ellya Brill said...

He is right. This is absolutely beautiful. Love the decorative piece in the center. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love that piece! The color is a beautiful combination.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I love, love, love your coffee table.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

so beautiful! I can't ever seem to come across those sofa tables...and when I do, someone is walking away with it moments before I would have found it ;) I'm sure it will fly out the door. French Linen is one of my favorite AS colors!! I think I've been using it more than Paris Gray in the last year. Love the lighter version too. Hope your sale goes well, and that it is a great time for you!

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a gorgeous piece. The color choice is perfect, as is the hardware.
You have amazing skills!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Amanda
This piece is beautiful and I just love the color.



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Maria Marsala said...

Hi Amanda,
I have been lurking in the background for several days reading all your blog starting in order from your very first post up until this one (and will continue reading until I'm caught up to current day.) I have enjoyed each one and feel like I know you and your family! I think you do amazing work and have fallen in love, love, love with this new color and this console table especially!!! I have a couple of questions I hope you will answer. What do you mean when you say "dry brush" as a technique and what do you use to clean your pieces before you paint them?

Thank you again for sharing your talents,
Maria (your newest follower and fan!)