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Furniture Painting: Will Shades of Aqua Turquoise Teal Blue Ever Fade?

Can you guess my birthstone?  I’m a March baby…

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Aquamarine it is,  so many variations, shades, grades….


I was never a fan in my younger days, I always wished my birthstone had been an Emerald, or Sapphire….   My 18 year old daughter, on the other hand,  wishes HER birthstone was Aquamarine  – her’s is Emerald and she hates it! 🙂

This past summer when I had more time to create with paint, she suggested (several times) to paint a fade piece in shades of blue.   Finally I took her suggestion with this piece

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I grabbed these colors – American Paint Company’s Shoreline, Liberty and Spacious Skies, and Botanical Paint Aster, another light aqua

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After the first coat I thought an embedded stencil down the front would be pretty-

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I used our Texture Plaster to lay the pattern, and repeat.  You can use a small jap trowel, a flat blade, even a plastic gift card to lay the plaster on the stencil, then lift the stencil to reveal your creation.

 

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To seal up my American Paint chalk clay all natural mineral finish, I used American Paint ‘s Vintage Clear Wax ,

the      O N L Y     WAX    I’ll     use 

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I painted up the hardware a bit,  so it would blend but still stand out

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Was really liking where this piece was going….

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BUT…….

the top was throwing me….

When that happens, the feeling wont let up until its fixed, so I took the top translucent light using American Paint’s Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam, painting over that dark top, sanding back to reveal, and sealing up with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish-

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Did you notice the stencil in the drawer?  I stenciled  a small verse in each drawer –

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The lighter top worked, and indirectly drew to the stencil on the drawers, and the deeper drawers popped on their own –

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Love love loved….

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It sold soon after it hit the floor, and to the loveliest of families 🙂

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I missed the splash of turquoise on the floor,  so this one came next, a chest that I received white,  like this

 

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I’m sure I had some kind of plan for this piece, starting it in pastel colors, but once the turquoise pretty sold,  I saw this chest as another that could look good in blues…

 

Shades of blue – American Paint Peacock, Shoreline, Surfboard and Uncle Sam , and went light with the top – APC Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam

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The top was a challenge – there was tannin bleed through the white, so I layed a coat of APC Topcoat Sealer to help block the bleed, when it dried I reapplied the whites, and included a little cannonball for depth –

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I  silver leafed the sides, front corners, and feet…

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I painted and leafed the hardware, then waxed the finish with a mix of American Paint Vintage Clear Wax, and  Clear Wax mixed with  Black Pigment, Grey Pigment, and  Brass Mica Powder to ‘weather’ the paint finish so it would coordinate more perfectly with the silver leafing touches.

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Pigments and Mica Powders are a great way to create wax colors in any shade and shimmer you desire.  I like to use them in our  Fabulous Clear Glaze as well.  I’m not a fan of floating them in the topcoat, though it can be done.  We stock 12 different Pigment colors and 9 Mica Colors  –turquoise_chalk_clay_leaf_raised_stencil_chest

This one sold soon after it hit the floor, just like its big sister, and my daughter hinted that a quick 2 for 2,  she was deserving of commission for pushing the turquoise idea…

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Not.    🙂

This was the third, that came soon after the second sold –

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The top on this one came in pretty raw.   It wasn’t in bad shape, a little beat up, but I needed the color to be darker to start with, so  I used a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Licorice

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I wipe the paint on top back with a rag – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.

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The first coat on this piece was mostly American Paint Peacock .  Notice the center medallion pattern that I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my stenciling plan…

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I used a stencil and our Textured Plaster Neutral 

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The second coat  APC chalk/clay paint colors – Surboard, Shoreline and more Peacock

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You’d almost think the stencil is gone…

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I used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and White to create a lighter top

 

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Silver leafed the sides, and accents

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then went to work sanding and refining the body and top

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American Clear Wax and a sprinkling of Swarovskis, and version #3 was rolled out

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I dressed the ‘feet’ up with crystal pumps 🙂

silveR_leaf_legs_painted_furnitureI love the details on this piece

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Awesomeness, but always yearning to create one of a kinds!

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Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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Turquoises, or Painted Pink Whimsy?

My plan was to start a shades-of-pink piece, after all I was really feeling the urge….  but my daughter dropped in at the store one day, and stopped me , saying I needed to pursue the blues she’d begged for….

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I listened to her and went shades of turquoise, using our all natural chalk/clay paints of American Paint Company.    It turned out lovely, and sold pretty quick…

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That lead me to this piece, using similar colors of American Paint Company’s paint colors,   Shoreline, Surboard, and Uncle Sam

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and that one sold pretty swift as well.   While I’ll admit there IS another piece lined up to be doused in turquoises,  I did manage to squeek out my urge for pink.

On a triple tier table, I used American Paint colors Uncle Sam (white), Powder Room (lighter pink), and Rose Garden (deeper pink)… the stem was painted Caromal Botanical Peony, a light blush pink-

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I added a whimsical stencil, varying the color with the base,  hot glued a decorative ribbon to the base neck, and added a few Swarovski crystals because it’s just impossible not to –

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I sealed the piece off with APC’s all natural Clear Vintage Wax, my  absolute  first choice GO-TO wax…   it’s just so easy to scrub onto the chalky clay paints, merely wipe off the excess then wait an hour or two to buff to a lovely sheen.

The pinks are hard to capture on camera – this photo below is how my eye really sees the colors, in person –

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whereas this photo to follow is more salmon pink –

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Such  a whimsical piece – I’m not a usual fan of the tiered-vintage tables, but this one speaks youth bedroom or play room for sure!

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