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These two happened last week as I was impatiently waiting for a layer of paint to dry on my latest mid century dressers. Grabbing some paint, I mixed two shades of a favorite blue and got going on these antique mahogany pieces. I’ve been painting many of the antiques in my shop this blue color and there’s a reason for that: The warm undertones on the wood work well with this cool blue compliment. So, although I like to use a variety of colors in my work, it seems more important to work with colors that enhance the origins of a piece.

Paint: I used Behr Marque paint in eggshell and mixed small batches of homemade chalk paint.* Underneath the top coat is a lighter shade of blue. I achieved this shade of blue, by accidentally mixing too much Plaster of Paris into the paint. Instead of throwing out the batch, I used it to create depth of color and texture.

* Home made chalk paint recipe: 3 parts paint to 1 part Plaster of Paris mixture (mix PoP with water till you get a smooth consistency).

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