Does color and color blending scare you? It can be intimidating, right? It doesn’t even matter how gorgeous the color is. If it makes a strong statement and has a personality of its own — it’s cause for pause.
I totally get it because, after all these years of painting furniture, I still find experimenting with strong colors intimidating. What if it doesn’t match, what if I ruin the piece and have to repaint, what if it doesn’t sell, and on and on.
So, I’d love to say this Blueberry Painted French Provincial was my plan all along, but I had an external nudge – actually more like a push.
Last Wednesday was “Bring Your Kid To Work Day” and I was flattered when my goddaughter Jules chose to shadow a self-employed online publisher/furniture painter for the day – moi. :). After going on a few furniture runs, we headed back to my studio and she picked this piece from my inventory to makeover.
When she saw my project, this French Provincial Dresser, Jules encouraged me to use Blueberry off the Dixie Belle Color Card.
The thing is, I don’t carry Blueberry in my stock because it’s not a color I would usually order.
No problem was her response. She grabbed a few colors and started mixing. I swear she could be a paint mixologist because within minutes she nailed a Blueberry identical to the card swatch! Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of her exact “recipe” … oh ye have little faith… because I didn’t think she was going to pull it off.
Here’s the dresser with the Slick Stick and first coat of Blueberry…
And here’s the color blended ‘after’… I L*O*V*E this blue blended combo!
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BLUEBERRY PAINTED FRENCH PROVINCIAL DRESSER::
If you’re interested in achieving a similar look, here are the steps and products I used.
Step #1:: Clean & Prep
After giving the piece a thorough cleaning and letting it dry, rather than sand the laminate, I gave it a coat of Slick Stick. This is SO much easier than sanding and ensures the paint will adhere to the laminate 100%.
Step #2:: Paint Base Coat
Next came a basecoat of Blueberry which I shared above.
Step #3:: Color Blend Two Colors
Once the basecoat was completely dry, I added Bunker Hill Blue to the perimeter of the drawers, body, and top. While the Bunker Hill Blue was still wet, I used a new brush and added Blueberry to the middle – then blended the two colors with my spray mister and brush so the transition looks smooth.
Tip:: The key to this color blending technique is to work in smaller sections so you always have a wet edge.
Step #4:: Top Coat/Protect
For the topcoat, I brushed on black wax adding it slightly heavier to the perimeter and with a lighter hand in the center.
Step #5:: Allow Wax To Dry
I’ve had a few questions on this ‘brushed-on’ waxing technique and how long it takes to dry. Depending on how heavy it is applied, it can take a few weeks. What I like to do is apply, wait 24-48 hours then give it a very light wipe down. Rinse and repeat until no black wax is coming off on the shop towel. This waxing technique requires more time/patience, but I love the look and believe it’s well worth it.
I hope this Blueberry Painted French Provincial inspires some color ideas for your upcycling projects. You guys always inspire me so thank YOU!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BLUEBERRY DRESSER MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends… and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving for those of you celebrating this week. 🙂