Sunday, July 1, 2012

Gilding the Green Lily

Happy July!

I've been having fun playing with paint. No big shock there.....
Mixed yet another homemade chalk paint color.
Being that I've had a one-track mind in Aqua,
I thought I'd change it up a bit for Summer.
Remember this sad corner shelf with great bones?

Isn't she just a bit divine now?

I was in a French mood the day I was mixing the paint,
so I came up with this fabulous pear tint.
I painted the shelves Cream to add more lines, 
and heavily distressed everything.
And as usual, clear and dark wax.

This is seriously a tricky color to photograph.
Every change in the light morphs it from Spring green
to yellow green. I love chameleon colors. 
Makes the piece more interesting.

Since I was in a Frenchy mood, I thought I'd keep going with gilding. This piece has such gorgeous curves, that I felt a little gold would really accentuate the positive.I didn't have any gold leaf on hand, so I applied some Rub-n-Buff. It didn't produce the brilliance I desired, so I mixed some gold pigment powder with gloss sealer, then brushed it over the gold wax.  Definitely an improvement. The gold is sanded along with everything else, to keep the aged look consistent.   

It's gorgeous enough to keep, 
but into the Etsy shop it shall go!

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  1. It's beautiful! That homemade chalk paint is on my list of stuff to try.

  2. Love what you did with it!! Looks very Frenchy.

  3. The color is beautiful -- just perfect! And the curvy shape of that shelf is pretty dang cute too.

  4. Too cute! Visiting from Funky Junk., ;-)


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