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Subtle Blended Colors: Teal Sideboard

For a traditional pieces of furniture, it's always fun to bring in color schemes that are a bit outside of the norm.  I've been in the process of clearing out old cans of paint. For this sideboard, I combined Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue and English Yellow, along with a bit of Arles [a deep mustard] to develop this rich shade of teal. I've been working on some blended painting techniques, incorporating varying colors on a single piece, and I'm really happy with how the finish on this turned out!

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The photo below best shows the subtle highlights and lowlights found created by color blending. The colors are soft and not too starkly contrasted, a trick I'm really enjoying.

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I first painted the entire piece in a coat of that deeper teal, allowed it to dry completely, and then in small sections of the sideboard, haphazardly painted a lighter version of that teal.  

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As far as painting 'math' goes, for the teal I added bits of yellow to it to create that shade, and for the highlight color, I added a small amount of that teal back to yellow, creating a yellowy green shade.  They're made from the same colors, but are just incorporating opposite ratios to achieve that contrast. 

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The reason I work in small sections with that light color is it's best to get that subtlety if you immediately blend that light color in.  

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The way I worked that out on this pieces was by using a spray bottle of water, lightly spritzing the newly painted highlight areas, and then brushing over it with the brush used for the darker teal shade, gently dipping brush in that teal. I didn't load up the brush with paint, but added just enough to add another layer of color to the furniture.  

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I would repeat this blending process a couple times, making sure to gently wipe up any drips. I've gone with the drippy effect before and I LOVE it, but I wanted this piece to stay more in its traditional vein. 

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I used this technique on the front, as well as the sides and top of the sideboard, continuing the blending effect that creates a depth and interest to this piece.

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I sanded down the entire piece with fine grit paper that's meant to be used on wet surfaces. That way, if I wanted to play up certain areas and reveal the lighter shade below even more, I could lightly spray that spot, gently sand it down just enough to reveal the color, and occasional show off the original wood tone.

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For the photos, I wanted to keep the styling more modern to contrast with the traditional lines of the sideboard. I collected some of my favorite prints and art to create a colorful gallery wall. 

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I added a mixture of vintage and modern styling bits for the surface.  I almost always incorporate a living plant in my vignettes, but my bouquet of pink paper peonies [say that three times fast!] from Amaranthus Paper & Flora adds a stunning brightness and contrast to the teal sideboard.  

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This piece is all about the blended painted finish, but the little touches like the modern styling and traditional copper toned hardware create a perfectly eclectic look. I'm posting this beauty for sale today in my shop. Keep an eye out for it or shoot me an email if you're interested in it for your home!

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