Coral Paint Color With White Wash
You guys are going to love this tutorial, until the end. You may remember this chest of drawers from a couple of months ago. I painted it for our DIY Furniture Girls “Coastal” theme . I tend to think shades of blue for coastal furniture and I was going to paint this piece a beautiful shade of blue. Then something happened.
Above is the before photo of the beautiful chest of drawers I started with. ( I’m a Leg Girl ) Well, it was a beauty at one time. I asked you guys about painting or staining it. Most of you were for trying to refinish the chest to it’s original beauty. I was all for that too but didn’t know exactly how I would accomplish it. Remember, I’m lazy.
The chest had all sorts of issues, like missing veneer….and wood.
Spray painted areas.
More spray painted areas and alligatoring of the original finish.
I tried sanding and it didn’t really help. That’s when I decided to just go with paint.
I primed first with Glidden Gripper primer. Can you see all that pinkish bleed through? I always thought bleed through was caused by the original stained finish but when this happened I started doing research. Bleed through is actually caused by substances in the wood. You see in the photo above that the bleed through is coming from the raw wood areas…..not the stained areas. Learn something new every day.
I tried putting on a second coat of primer and still got this.
Rose Heartstring ( coral paint color )
The problem was easy to solve. Go with a pinkish paint….tadah! I used the paint on the left…Rose Heartstring (Glidden color mixed in Behr paint) on a custom nursery piece and the color is beautiful. I didn’t have much of it left though so I pulled the sample on the right from my stash as a backup.
If there was bleed through it wasn’t noticeable.
Now this is the part at the end where you might go “really Kathy”. I didn’t get any photos of the white-washing. But I can tell you about it. Just mix a little white paint, doesn’t matter what kind, with water. Make it really, really thin. Brush it on, yes it’s going to be really runny. Then wipe it off with a rag. If it’s too white wipe it off with a damp rag. If it’s too light then go over it again or mix a little more white paint in the water. It doesn’t take much at all. Then just let it dry.
The Rose Heartstring is a little pinkish/coral and the white wash made it more of a coral paint color. I had just enough of the paint to finish the chest but I was scraping the bottom of the can before I finished.
The hardware on the chest was all wood and mixed and matched. I painted it white and started putting it back on but the effect was not good. I dug through my hardware stash and found my own mix and match vintage hardware. Awesome.
What do you think? Leave me a note. See you next week!