Color Inspiration for Furniture

Most of you know I am a custom gal. Folks bring me their tired, worn furniture and I give it new life! Sometimes, my client has a color picked out but most often, I get to participate in the decision making and I love that part! While it’s very easy for me to choose colors for other people and their furniture, it’s often very difficult to choose a finish for a piece I purchase to sell. When I am consulting with a client, I ask:

1. What’s your style, your personality?

2.. What’s the general vibe of your room?

3. Do you want this piece to stand out or blend in with your decor?

I also have things like fabric and wall colors to go by. That’s not the case when I paint something to sell. Because I am creating it for an unknown personality, it’s hard to gauge what will be considered too bold or boring! I know many painters struggle with this. My answer? I paint to keep! Meaning, I look to my own home for color inspiration. I usually don’t buy furniture I wouldn’t love to have in my own home so, this way, if a piece doesn’t sell, it will fit in perfectly with my decor!

Which leads me to this piece! I could see this piece sitting pretty in my back entry for gloves, keys, etc. I could also see it in my dressing area for scarves, jewelry and extra storage. I fell hard for the curved front and gold accents! Oh, and let’s not forget about the legs! I love legs on furniture! I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

before picture

The beautiful gold hardware reminded me of this painting I almost wrecked my car to get to last year! It was leaning against a fence at a yard sale, along with several other frames, like this blue one  I turned into a chalkboard.

color inspiration

color inspiration

Can you believe I got it for $15? Another lady actually had it in her hands when I pulled up and was trying to talk the owner down! I was praying with all my might she wouldn’t do it!! What a steal! I love the soft colors and the way the artist blended the paint but what draws me in and keeps me focused are the pops of blues and oranges! I absolutely love them! I wanted to mimic some of that texture on the lingerie chest knew I had to have a pop of color against the gold accents!

Once I got started, I quickly named this piece Sassy Pants. It was like everything I tried to do, she wanted it done differently. Initially, I wanted to paint the drawers. She said “I don’t think so”, but I had my mind made up! I started removing the accents first and realized they were all attached with nails! I had to pry the accents off and left several scratches along the way. No way I was gonna try that on the drawers…I could almost hear laughter coming from the piece!

TIP: I always mark accents like this! These guys have settled into their spot and already have the perfect holes. Marking them will make putting them back much easier later!

Marking Hardware to make installation easier

I used Websters Chalk Paint Powder and Benjamin Moore’s Venezuelan Blue for the base coat. I mixed it thick and let it sit out for a bit because I wanted to add some texture to the slick surface. I came back with a color wash in Skydive. You can see how I mix my color washes here. Now, I had every intention of sealing it with Hazelnut Vax at this point and being done, but Sassy Pants was screaming for more glam! So, I repainted the top with the deep blue color then added a few layers of  Modern Masters Shimmer Metallic Paint in Champagne. Normally, I like my metallic paint to be smooth but I LOVE the way it looked over the textured surface! I actually painted it on in different directions and really played around with it! I went back and distressed it then sealed the whole thing with Clear Vax. The Hazelnut Vax accented textured areas. L.O.V.E.

In progress

Modern Masters Shimmer Metallic Paint

Shabby Paints Vax and ReVax

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom Creations

Layered Paint Finish, Modern Masters Metallic, Distressed Chest painted by A to Z Custom CreationsColor inspiration can come from anything! Don’t be afraid to be bold!

Smooches!

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Comments

  1. Brande Wilkerson says:

    I love how she talks to you! lol!! You guys made a great team! This is one of my favorite pieces to date! EXCELLENCE!

  2. Angela, that is gorgeous! The drawers speak to me! Amazing work as usual. :)

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