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Painting Mid Century and Retro Furniture: Annie Sloan's Barcelona Orange

Quick little painting projects I can complete in just a few hours are incredibly satisfying! Accent tables like this mid century demilune are a perfect candidate for injecting bold color into your home.  I've been experimenting with Annie Sloan's Barcelona Orange on all my recent projects, and it's a surprisingly versatile color.


From Annie Sloan's site, 'This vivacious, modern orange is based on the colour used copiously by the Impressionists, in early advertisements and in 1960's decoration. Such a brilliant orange was not available until the early 20th century.' 


The first time I saw this color, I immediately wanted to use it with retro and mid century pieces. It can certainly be used on more traditional pieces [and I just LOVE how it worked with this gorgeous dresser!] 


With mid century pieces, I almost always will keep things simple, work with a solid color, paint on two or three coats, lightly sand to get a smoother finish and seal it with clear wax. I prefer this route since the colors remain vibrant.


Keeping the paint process simple and unfettered with allows the classic features of mid century furniture to really shine.  I love the tapered, boomerang style legs, the demilune top and coordinating shelf.  The retro details coupled with this deep orange are a really satisfying combination for me.


For my photos, I styled the piece as a bar table, cobbling together a few ingredients for a lovely little fall cocktail [more on that coming to my other website, States of Reverie!]. 


Currently this little table is hanging out behind one of my sofas, but I could see this working as a nightstand too! Painted accent tables like these are perfect for adding a bit of color in almost any space.  I'll have it posted for sale in my shop soon!