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Light Green Desk and Dreser: Getting color inspiration from dollars and cents.

My latest set of furniture was inspired by a peculiar source: money.  [no, I don't mean I wanted to make money off of them, which of course I'd love to, but not the point here!] When I first spotted these at a thrift store, I immediately noticed their distressed copper drawer pulls. They reminded me of that one really worn penny you'll occasionally find that looks like it may have come from the Civil War Era [though I don't think dear ol' Abe was on pennies quite yet].

The money theme continued when I decided to go with a pale green for my paint of choice.  I had purchased Amy Howard's Dunavant Green a while back, and used it as an accent color on several pieces, but I wanted to find a broader space to exhibit it.  The color is rather bright and striking, so to tone it down a bit, I mixed in some of Annie Sloan's Old White, just to mute the color to where I wanted it to be.

When I started painting the desk, I knew it would need to be a distressed piece.  There were some issues with cracks, dents and nicks all over the desk, so if I tried to go with a really sleek look all those imperfections would stick out [and not in the good way]. The green also looked a little dull, and I wanted to play up the textures on the desk and give it some depth.

I decided to go fairly heavy with the dark wax [after a coat of clear wax, as always!], which changed the color slightly, but also brought out the dings and dents in a really artful way.  That's when it clicked: my desk and dresser are beginning to look like a worn dollar bill, in the best way possible.

For me, the dresser seemed overly plain and childlike, but once I got to my dark wax phase, it completely evolved into something much more interesting and versatile.  How can honeydew green be versatile you ask? 

Of course, it's a brighter color than what most are used to, but it can work with many spaces and color palettes [think matching set for a teen bedroom or guest room and rooms colored with shades of blue, cocoa, white, cream, gray and more. 

I just love the texturized look of the paint combined with dark wax.  Painting every which way is becoming one of my painting styles of choice, because it can take anything that appears simple and flat, and make it aged and dynamic. Check out my desk and dresser on Craigslist, and soon enough it will make an appearance in my shop as well!