by Jennifer Borrego April 18, 2017

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Are you a follow your intuition or a follow the rules person?

I am such a follow the rules person, except when it comes to my art . This buffet had the usual scratches, dings, and bumps that made it's past owner ready to get rid of it rather than take on a makeover project. I was over the moon excited by all of the details. 

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

We also picked up the matching dining set, however that project will have to wait. It needs extensive repairs since Great Grandma had a pooch that spent some years gnawing on it's legs. When I work up to it, you will find the link here & it won't likely be as vibrant as this beauty:) Oh yeah you haven't seen it yet...

Here is a quick list of products used on this makeover:
Disclosure: This How to Blend Colors for your Custom Finish post contains affiliate links.

 

Anyhow I kept trying to talk myself into a nice shade of white, or maybe a creamy bisque color. Safe and neutral...problem was that I see my gnarled wood pieces as a canvas & this one had me excited to paint, that is when you have to follow your he{art}. I pulled about 7 colors off of my paint shelves not completely sure what I was going to do with them. I knew I wanted green, but not just flat and basic green. I started painting just one door. I didn't want to attack the whole beast without knowing where I was headed.

 Blending Colors for your Custom Finish.

I started with a thin Derby black layer, painted heavy into the indented parts & more of a wash on the rest. This was a little dangerous because immediately I could imagine the whole piece in a  safe black distressed look. My heart wanted more color than that. While barely dry I proceeded with our Forrest green, using my blending techniques I added Forrest over the black. (tip, unlike "dry brushing" when you are blending colors a damp brush works best. Also, when blending you don't need to rinse your brush between colors. Just put some paint on a plate and hop between the colors creating your art.) 

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

 I liked the look of these 2 colors, but I was really craving a more jewely color (my computer would like me to know that "jewely" is not a word...But you know what I mean, right?), like an emerald. Forrest over Derby alone was a little more army feeling.

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

 

I grabbed one of my favorite rich, decadent colors, Pure Home Paints Jade, and added it to my blending. WOW!!!! This color took it to just the right place! Forrest, blended over Derby, with touches of Jade was just what my heart was craving. It instantly brightened the piece &  I finished it with a solid black top & of course covered all with our Pure Home Matte top coat.

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

I do add in a mix of neutrals to my pieces, but my favorites are always the ones like this one, where I allow myself to break away from the traditional and allow my heart to choose the colors. 

In whatever you do, remember that no one else can do it just like you. Trust your intuition to guide you to your highest creations. You will know when you are on the right path. You will feel excited, happy, curious, and you will be guided by the love. I believe that is the way you always feel when you are on your right path.

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

 Blending Colors for a Custom Finish.

 

 

Thank you for visiting! Let me know in the comments how you follow your heart & what you think of our this beautiful blended buffet.

Love ya! Jen

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Blending paint layers on furniture.

 



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