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Painting with English Yellow


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This is the first time I have actually painted something yellow.  I love all those mustard yellow dressers one sees on Pinterest but for some reason I have never actually used the colour.  Annie Sloan has 2 yellows in her colour chart, Arles, which has a gold tone and English Yellow, which is a very bright yellow.  Both can be mixed with white or Old White to create different shades.  I painted this antique dresser in Old White and an English Yellow/Old White mix.  I was trying to get a pale lemony tone.  As you can see in the pix, I imagined this as a baby dresser because this style is so popular at the moment.  When I had my children in the days before ultrasound, everyone painted babies’ rooms yellow because the colour was gender-neutral.  This dresser, perhaps because of the style, comes across as more feminine.IMG_0795

I am happy with the result but in retrospect, I wish I had added a bit of Arles in with the English Yellow.  English Yellow has a green undertone which comes out even when mixed with Old White.  I don’t like it much and wish it was a bit more buttery.

This dresser also had a hinged mirror but the frame was a bit warped.  I decided to remove the mirror from the stand part and from the frame. I will be re-purposing the frame in another project.

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12 thoughts on “Painting with English Yellow

  1. Oh Such a beautiful little dresser! I love the turned legs and the color is perfect! It would be lovely wherever one places it! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. What a sweet dresser! I’m never really drawn to yellow when I go to paint something but I love it when I see it done! I’m such a creature of habit…always blue! Thanks for linking up at Your Inspired Design.

  3. I use a lot of ASCP but I’ve never tried English Yellow. It looks lovely mixed with Old White (I use a lot of OW) on your gorgeous dresser (great lines). I know you said that there are green tones but they aren’t obvious to me in the photos. I want to compliment your staging — the cute dress and the parade of elephants. Very nice. I saw your link at Cindy’s Amaze Me Monday party.

  4. Nothing makes my heart sing as much as an old piece of furniture given a new lease of life. This is absolutely gorgeous and I LOVE the English Yellow. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party. Hope you share some more of your makeovers.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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