What inspires your paint colors? Do you step out of your comfort zone and use color? Where do you find your inspiration for paint colors? I have a helpful tip for selecting paint colors that I will share with you.
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I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. There was a fabric sample was on the table because I had a plan for it. As I went about my business I would pass by the table. I kept thinking how I really liked the colors. The piece of fabric became the inspiration for the paint colors for this little drop leaf table.
The perfect paint for this little table is Old Fashioned Milk Paint. The table had to be sanded it to get it ready for paint. Maybe I should have primed it or striped it since the table was in a cherry finish. I didn’t because I really felt it would be just fine and it wouldn’t bleed through. It didn’t.
The table was wiped down with a solution of white cleaning vinegar and water. The first layer of paint is a mix of driftwood color and some white with Extra Bond added to reduce chipping. I think I should have added a little bit of yellow. The yellow would have matched the brown in the fabric a little bit better.
I never immediately paint the next color on a piece. I like the paint to have a little curing time. When I got back to it I painted the table in a custom color. The custom grayed blue-green has some Extra Bond as well. I wanted the brown to peak through so I used the beeswax disk here and there. The stool I painted was also a custom color.
This custom color is a mix of Sea green, Snow White and a touch of Slate. Don’t be afraid to mix the colors. Do it slowly and carefully. You have to train your eye to see what colors are making up the color you are trying to mix. It is hard for me to give the measurements. I can kind of judge how much paint I need based on the size of the piece.
Again the piece was left to cure. Hand sand the table to smooth it out. Rub the beeswax on the table for a controlled distressed look.
I mixed up the OFMP in Light Cream. This is one of my favorite colors. I had some self-doubts about painting the cream on. Very briefly I thought about leaving it with the grayed blue-green color. I continued on and applied in a dry brush technique. Then I rubbed the table down with hemp oil.
In looking at the end result I can see the colors of the sea. Picture the waves as they roll into the shore.
Where do you find your inspiration for paint colors? Looking at patterns and color combinations in fabrics can be a great resource. Adding color can take you out of your comfort zone and add some personality to the room. By adding a colorful piece you are giving your room a unique look. Do you think you will give it a try?
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