Seeing Grey

Kim from The Painted Poppy Studio used a special mix of Lazy Linen and Pebble Beach to get this pretty grey, then finished it with Graphite glaze and Tough Coat! Keep reading to get her recipe.
Hi everyone! It’s Kim from The Painted Poppy Studio again to share with you another nursery piece. This little rocking chair was painted for a another customer and the paints were mixed specifically to match her nursery. Lazy Linen was a bit too light and Pebble Beach was slightly too dark so this rocker is a half and half mix of both the chalk paints.
Let me start by showing you the rocker in the “before” stage. My customer had just purchased it second hand and while it doesn’t look too bad from the photo, looks can be deceiving…and were. The rocker was most likely used outside once upon a time ago and was originally sprayed hunter green and then had a quick and sloppy coat of white oil paint on it that had chipped in various spots. I tackled it with 220 grit sandpaper to try and smooth out the old brush strokes and drips.
My client wanted a rustic finish but with absolutely no hunter green or white showing through. She wanted it solid grey but somehow old looking so I painted the chair out with 2 coats in my custom mix of greys and then very lightly sanded with 400 grit while holding my breath. I quickly discovered that it’s a whole other ball game when trying to make fresh paint look rustic and not sand through the layers of paint.
Knowing that sometimes when you get too vigorous when applying wax you can remove the paint by accident, and because I wanted to avoid any white coming though, I went with a glaze option to highlight all of this nicks and imperfections in this rocker. I picked the Graphite glaze because it worked well with the cooler grey without making it appear dirty. It made all the imperfections seem like they were meant to be there and aged the rocker just a bit. The glaze made it go from freshly painted to well loved and a bit more sophisticated.
I finished off the rocker with a top coat of Tough Coat so that I can be used without worrying about the damaging the finish especially since the little guy who will be using it, isn’t quite 1 yet. Now this rocker is ready to be enjoyed for many more years to come :)
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