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Combining Shades of Blue and Green Chalk Paint

It's that time of year where I'm hitting the tail end on most of my cans of paint.  The dregs at the bottom tend to get thicker and if not sealed properly, the paint will eventually dry out.  Since I tend to work in shades of blue and green mostly, combining the last bits of a few cans tends to result in my favorite color combinations!

It's funny, sometimes I know exactly what shade I want to paint a piece, while other times I can't seem to come to a consensus on what the best color or technique would be.  I rarely paint in the same color consecutively, and lately I'm all for trying to incorporate a wider range of shades into my repertoire.

When I picked up this piece, I wasn't quite sure what route I'd go.  I knew I didn't want to go with gray since the last piece I'd completed was gray, and I'm quite strict with my no repeats rule!

When I'm having a bit of a conundrum as to what color will work best, I almost always go with a combination of green and blue, since working in shades of turquoise and teal and everything in between is where I find myself happiest.

To create this gorgeous shade, I combined equal parts of Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue, Provence and Old White, with a tablespoon or two of Amsterdam Green. After two coats, the piece was solidly coated in paint and looked good enough, if a bit lacking in dimension.

I could have done a few things to give it more of a 'pop.' I could paint the raised details in a contrasting color, but if I'm being honest, that's not really my style.  I find that technique especially overwhelming on a smaller scale piece like this.  

I also could have gone full force on the distressing front, scraping at ever angle and edge with rough sandpaper, but I opted for a more subtle route this time.  

For me, I'm most content with minimal distressing, and then possibly adding some dimension with the use of wax.  On this piece, I opted to brush on a mixture of clear and dark wax [more clear than dark otherwise things can get a bit muddy]. 

I left the interior as is, keeping things simple and unfussed with.  If I was keeping this piece for myself and didn't mind putting in quite a bit of extra effort, I'd love to add a paper backing in a pattern that works with this color [how amazing would some Rifle Paper be?!].  It would be a bit of an undertaking, as it's a bit difficult to maneuver in there since only the center door opens, but if this piece doesn't sell, I may need to experiment with some of my favorite paper!

What do you think of this color combination? I absolutely love it and find it suits the vintage brass pulls perfectly.  Currently this piece is residing by my front door as an entry table [it's the exact right size for the space!] and I'll post it soon in my shop. Contact me if you're interested in this piece or have something else you're looking for!