August 5, 2014

Custom Purple and Lime Green




Inspiration today comes from This Old House and Pantone's color of the year, Radiant Orchid.  Benjamin Moore's Sweet Pea(base coat) and Autumn Purple(top coat) is layered over crackle medium to create a rich patina on this vintage kitchen island. If you prefer to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® you will need to do a little custom color mixing first. Using equal parts of English Yellow and Antibes Green  mixed together will create a custom lime green similar to BM Sweet Pea and used as the base coat. After it dries paint a layer of crackle medium carefully following directions on the label( there are several brands available). To make a Chalk Paint custom color purple for the top coat mix equal parts of Emperor's Silk and Napoleonic Blue. Painting this deep purple over the crackle medium allows fine cracks to develop, and the lime green base color to peek through. A great way to add a time-worn look to any piece of painted furniture.

Mixing standard colors in different amounts and combinations is a great way to create a diverse and unique color palette. To see some the custom colors you can make from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, see my posts, Mixing for Green, Mixing for Purple, and Mixing for Orange.