Belle la Bleue

By Steve Watts, Owner at Redbriar and Greenbriar Antiques

  I found this piece of furniture at an auction in Knoxville, Tennessee and knew immediatly what I was going to do with it. I had just read about the General Finishes Paint Contest and I knew this was the perfect piece to showcase several of the General Finishes products.

  I started this project with a base color using Fjord Blue Chalk Style paint. For the next four colors I mixed water in the Chalk Style paints to create several translucent layers. First was Summertime Chalk Style  paint followed by a watered down Stillwater and Empire Gray. The final color I painted was the Limestone Chalk Style paint. I had to let each coat dry over night to prevent pulling off the previous colors.

  After a light distressing with sandpaper, I used General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat. The piece needed a little pizazz, so I decided to apply a Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effect to age and "dirty up" the detail. The final step was to add Pearl Effects to accentuate the trim. Using a small brush, I added Burnished Pearl to the detail parts of the trim work.

  Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to introduce our lady, Belle la Bleue!

Project Category

Professionals Upcycled Furniture

Products Used

General Finishes Fjord Chalk Style paint
General Finishes Summertime Chalk Style paint
General Finishes Stillwater Chalk Style paint
General Finishes Empire Gray Chalk Style paint
General Finishes Limstone Chalk Style paint
General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects
General Finishes Flat Out Flat Topcoat
General Finishes Burnished Pearl Pearl Effects