It is very easy to mix new colours with chalk paint. There is enough choice in the Annie Sloan line that you are able to create hundreds of variations and make just about any colour you could think of. This vintage cabinet is solid maple and had an orangey-brown stain with a thick poly finish. I decided to mix AS Antibes with Napoleonic Blue because I had small amounts of both on hand. The two colours make a beautiful teal or peacock blue.
I then dry-brushed Antibes over the teal to give texture and make it look more aged. The effect is lovely and is a blue-green lover’s delight. Originally, the top was the same colour but as is often the case, when working with a small amount of paint, I messed it up and didn’t have enough left over to repaint it. When I dry-brushed the green over the top, it highlighted a lot of deep scratches which were in the poly finish. At first, I painted over it with green but that was too bright, so I opted for a mid-grey which is quite neutral and almost looks like wood stain.
I lined the inside of the drawer with paper but I left the inside cabinet unpainted because the wood was in excellent condition.
I painted the lion’s-head handles and added some gilding paste to them. They now have a verdigris appearance which matches the cabinet. You can see a slight variation in colour in some of the pix. If you have tried photographing turquoise, you know it is one of the hardest colours to capture accurately. The lighter photos were done with a flash which tends to distort the colour a bit.
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