Thursday, October 25, 2012

Color Selector

One of the most difficult decisions for DIYers who repurpose and refinish furniture is, 'what color should I paint this piece?'  Well, at least it is for me!
So, I came up with an easy tool/stick that I call my Color Selector.

It's a simple method that helps me better visualize my color choices through the chalk paint layering process. I use the largest paint stick I can find (this one is the always trusty Home Depot 21" x 1 1/2" commercial paint stick) and paint in small sections with the help of Frog Tape, sometimes mixing paint colors along the way, sanding, waxing or staining until I find the color of my dreams!!!

My first step was to paint the entire stick in the base coat I chose for my sideboard, a creamy white.  I then layered 7 different Annie Sloan Chalk Paint substitutes by Behrmixing and creating my own colors along the way.  Each of the colors are then recorded on the back for easy reference.

I then applied a coat of Min Wax Gray Stain....and voila,
my sideboard Color Selector! 

Unfortunately, my camera skills don't do the completed Color Selector justice! However, it allowed me to select the color to accomplish the finish shown in this Habersham chest.

I look forward to sharing with you my newly refinished Dining Room Sideboard in my LHD (Larissa Hill Designs) combination chalk paint color...Gray Sparrow.

3/4 ASCP Duck Egg Blue & 1/4 ASCP Paris Grey ratio

or the more affordable

3/4 Behr Gray Morning & 1/4 Behr Sparrow Ratio

Let me know what you think....

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  1. Heather, I love this idea....glad to see you posting....missed that!!! This will help me with that French Provencial I hope to put in the Master after it's finished....hoping for your expertise on this. Well Done My Friend!

  2. i love Duck Egg Designs they are simply gorgeous,thankyou for hosting this wonderful giveaway.