What is the name of the paint color you use?

If only I had a dollar for every time I was asked that question!  If you HAVE asked me that question before, you already know the answer; which is “I mix my own paint colors” so I cannot give you a color name.

P1140843If you look closely at the different items in this picture, you will see MANY  ‘shades of aqua/turquoise’.

6.14.14 projects etsy 091Here you can see my four basic colors that I use/mix the most.  I don’t use any ‘formula’.  I just EYEBALL it.  Apparently I am gifted with a good ‘eye for color’.  One ‘starter gallon of paint will last me for YEARS, because I mix it to create all these color variations.  The color in the top left, is the closest to my ‘starter color’.

P1140892And I did just happen to buy a new ‘starter’ gallon of paint, which I used ‘as is’ on these two night stands that I just painted.  I always buy the Ralph Lauren brand of paint.  It’s crazy expensive.  ( I just spent close to $90.00 on 2 gallons!  ack!)   Usually Ralph and I like the same colors, but this time there was ONE color sample missing from the RL color board at the paint store, and it was probably the color I wanted.  the one above it was too dark and the one below was too light.  sigh.

6.25.14 projects Stars 037So I had to ‘find my color’ on a different sample board and ask them to create that color for me in the RL brand of paint.  The color is from Behr brand and it is called ‘Embellished Blue’.

P1140896I used it ‘unaltered’ on this round table with a checkerboard design too.    But here it looks a tad ‘lighter’ than on those 2 night stands.  Reason being, that the BASE color and any added detail colors will also affect the overall color.  Distressing can sometimes ‘considerably’ change the tone of any given color.

And this is WHY I prefer RL brand paints.  I have found that other ‘cheaper paints’ don’t always distress well.  It’s almost like the components of the paint color ‘separate’ as it dries and as I sand away aqua, mostly GREEN shows through.  RL is a more highly ‘pigmented’ paint so your colors stay truer and you need much less of it for full coverage.

P1140225Here is another good example of my various colors.  The one on the right being my ‘base color’.  I added some pale green to get the aqua color in the front; and some darker blue and grey to get the color on the left.

P1140259Notice how the added black lettering makes all the paint colors seem darker?

P1140646And how they change still more when distressed over a black basecoat and lettered in black.

P1140917I personally PREFER ‘varying shades’ than all the exact same color.

Painting marathon

SO, while the rain was at bay and I had my aqua paint out the other day after I painted the ball and clawfoot table . . . I just KEPT painting!

4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 002This little table was a bit dry and cracked on the top, so I did have to sand quite a bit.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 013And the wood that I sanded down to was quite soft and very porous, so I did give the top a coat of KILZ primer before painting.  (I usually paint on  primer OR sand; seldom do both on the same project)

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 057This little lovely is now for sale in by booth at CURIOSITIES in Beaverton for $19.00.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 008I had actually STARTED painting this one a few weeks ago.  VERY labor intensive with the three shelves and having to reach in and around the legs on each layer.  And since I had to use a brush instead of roller to paint this piece, it took 3 coats to get good coverage.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 009After spending that much time and effort painting, I almost didn’t want to sand any of that paint off!!!  But it ‘begged to be distressed’; and so it was.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 010A quick coat of varnish on the top and she was ready to join the others in my booth at Curiosities.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 054She’s sporting a $59.00 price tag.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 001Michael is responsible for finding and dragging home this sweet cain seat chair.  All she needed was some paint and she was ready to join the others.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 056She can be all yours for just $39.00.

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 059And NOW that I finally have some furniture in my signature blue color in my booth at Curiosities; it’s really starting to look like MY booth.