Some achievements just come from necessity, don’t they? I found these amazing, vintage blue shutters. I knew I wanted them and I also knew that they were not “my” blue hue.
I got them home and DH helped me hang them in my family room.
No easy task, but he typically does not get many easy ones from his Dear Wifey Don’t worry about him, though, he’s always up for a challenge.
Love them, but see what I mean about the blue. Beautiful, but sky blue is not really what I relate to. I lived with them for about a week and stared & stared at them. Then I knew I had to do something to change them. Patience is not my virtue. So instead of waiting for DH to get home and take them off the walls again (which I knew he would not be thrilled about), I decided to alter them where they were. I know, I know.
Soooo, once upon a time I had read on Annie Sloan’s website something about white-washing or diluting your paint. I really had never tried it and honestly I wasn’t terribly excited to try it. I didn’t want to ruin the blue on the shutters or take of any of that chippy paint – that was the best part. I just wanted to alter the color a bit. So, I experimented.
I went out to my garage and poured a bit of my Duck Egg Blue and a bit of old white. I went back into the kitchen and added some water and stirred. It was a very, very watery consistency which is what I was trying to acheive. Again, I didn’t want to comepletely cover the sky blue, I just wanted a bit more green in it similar to my beloved Duck Egg color.
I threw a tarp over the couch and set to work. Keep in mind that I really would not try this at home unless you are in an outdoor space.
I brushed on the thinned-out paint. It was not thick so all the beautiful crackled paint stayed as it was. It was instead like a tinted stain treatment that I was doing. The color started to change and dried quickly. Yipee! I applied one more coat for a deeper color, cleaned up the dripped paint on the floor and removed the tarp. Voila! Be aware that since it is a watery consistency that the paint is much harder to control and will drip!
I’m super happy with the results. I plan on doing a tutorial once I find a piece that suits the technique.