Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mixing it up with Versailles!

Hope everyone had a perfect 4th of July!  Grandparents pried all 3 kiddos (who were blessedly unscheduled for a change) off of our pant legs for a nice long weekend visit.  They all returned for BBQ and fireworks on Monday.  Everyone had a wonderful time!

It's amazing what you can get accomplished without having to stop and fix a meal, taxi someone somewhere, solve a problem, referee a disagreement, etc. You know what I mean if you still have shelf shifters at home!  I spent a lot of time out in my workshop working with the Mr. who was lending me his amazing "I can make that drawer close properly" skills.  Then he'd take me out to dinner!  Perfect and Even Better!

One of the pieces that I tackled this weekend was a cute little desk/side table.  Sorry, I spaced out taking a before.  It was in pretty decent shape, but it looked like it had been dipped in polycrylic.  LOTS of sanding people! I had pulled out my Versailles Chalk paint and decided that I wanted to brighten it up just a little bit.  I was planning on doing a lot of drybrushing over some dark stain for a super chippy kind of look.  I poured off a bit of the Versailles and added in a few dollops of duck egg blue.  Here's the end result.

I really like the color and think I  need to play around with mixing more of the chalk paint colors to expand that pallet.  The Mr. is less fond of the "prim" look of this piece than I am.  I look hard to find pieces like this when I go antiquing!  It's not for everyone, but there's a secret part of me that would love a really old primitive cabin  somewhere to decorate.  Hopefully someone else will love it and need it to complete their home!  The top was revived with a fresh coat of Dark Walnut and protected with Minwax Antique Oil Finish.  Gives it a nice hard, hand rubbed finish.

Isn't it rustic?  Do you like to mix styles and throw in some primitive looking pieces with your more traditional or modern ones? 

So, how about it, have you been mixing chalk paint colors to create varying shades or brand new colors?  I'd love to hear about your experiences with it if you have!
Hope to see your projects there too!
Have a super day!


  1. Hi! Visiting from Primitive & Proper! Your desk is very nice; I have a can of Versailles that I need to use and your pics have given me inspiration. I'm your newest follower; hope you come follow me, too!

  2. Very nice! Love the color mix. Saw your pic at P&P, and I've toured your blog. I'm a follower. Stop by and visit me sometime.

  3. i love it, deb! i love the primitive look mixed with cleaner pieces- it creates a nice feel. love the rustic top- it's perfect!

  4. You did a great job on this piece. It looks lovely.

  5. Pretty little desk. Like the chair with it too.

  6. that desk turned out so lovely! i love mixing paint colors, especially for varying shades of blues and greens. gorgeous.

  7. Just lovely. I am a CeCe Caldwell retailer and will be playing around trying to get a nice soft peachy color. Any successful peach recipes out there?

  8. Just lovely. I am a CeCe Caldwell retailer and will be playing around trying to get a nice soft peachy color. Any successful peach recipes out there?


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