The Tutorialist – Golden Nude
I took a screen shot below but here is the IG post of the video showing me waxing the piece…almost 1500 views and 300 likes! Wow. That’s a lot of attention (by our little shop’s standards) and I love when something resonates with you all.
I am personally so happy you all love it as much as I do. I was inspired to create this look because, of all things, a lip color! I wanted a “nude” hue on a dresser that I could pair with a golden shimmer… something along the lines of this:
Ari and I consulted our Annie Sloan chart (where we have each color mixed with every color) and thought the mix of Antoinette and Scandinavian Pink was a good start. Once it was mixed, I felt it needed to be toned down a bit (too pink) so I added Country Grey and a touch of Pure White to create this:
To create the “Golden Nude” look yourself, follow these simple instructions:
Here’s how we did it:
Wipe down the piece of furniture you are painting.
Mix the custom nude by pouring equal parts of Antoinette Chalk Paint®,* Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint®, and Country Grey Chalk Paint® into a mason jar. Add half part Pure White to lighten. Stir well. (1:1:1:.5) For this project I recommend buying 1 4 oz. sample of each color and mixing the full sample of Antoinette, Scandinavian Pink, and Country Grey into a mason jar then adding half the sample of Pure White.
Using an Annie Sloan Natural Bristle Brush (we used the Small) paint one coat of your custom nude paint (with the grain). Allow it to dry (approx 30 min.) Repeat until the paint is fully opaque. We have three solid coats on our dresser because it was a medium tone wood and a light paint color so we wanted to make sure it was fully covered everywhere.
Using the FINE Sanding Sponge, lightly sand opposite the brushstrokes to even out any ridges in your paint. Do not distress, just simply sand for a few seconds in a light manner to smooth your surface for a modern look. (This step is optional)
Using a razor, carefully chip off some of the paint in a few areas IF you want the distressed look. Lightly sand out the edges with the Fine Sanding Sponge.
Time to wax! We mixed Gold Mica Powder with our Annie Sloan Clear Wax to give it a magical luster. Mica is what I call furniture glitter. We buy it at a paint and pigment store in the city however you can find it at your local art supply store or online. For reference, for 1 cup of Clear Wax use 1 tablespoon of Mica. I just sprinkled my Gold Mica Powder into my Clear Wax tin (because it was already almost out) then stirred it with a stir stick. Using an Annie Sloan Wax Brush, brush on your Clear Wax with Mica mix a small section at a time, and immediately wipe off the excess with Blue Shop Towels (they are lint free paper towels we love to remove our wax with.) *Pro Tip: Be sure to avoid waxing the area you are painting with the gold metallic.
For the hardware and legs, I used a Modern Masters Metallic gold paint. Using the Synthetic Small Brush, paint the gold metallic with the grain. It takes three coats since it is not an opaque paint. I use a synthetic brush because it really levels out the paint nicely so there aren’t brush strokes. I painted it over the custom nude mix (however I did not wax before doing it as it won’t adhere to wax.)
Warning: It will shimmer immediately and you will swoon and maybe faint at its beauty.
If you try this, please tag us in your posts!!
*Chalk Paint® is a non-toxic decorative paint that dries quickly and requires little to no prep (sanding or priming) so it’s the perfect option for home DIY projects! Annie Sloan knew what she was doing when she invented the recipe almost 30 years ago. It is tried and true, the original decorative paint, and we have tested the finish in both residential and commercial spaces.
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