I figure if Picasso can have a blue period, then so can I. Right?
Of course, Picasso’s blue period works were somber and desolate. Plus, he had trouble selling them in his lifetime, it was only later that they became popular. Hopefully none of that will be true of my blue period!
Much like a lot of other furniture painters out there, I do seem to be drawn to blues of all kinds this year. From the deep, rich indigo of Miss Mustard Seed’s Artissimo …
to the gorgeous paler blue green of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg …
I was inexplicably drawn to these blue motel chairs at a garage sale.
My recent attraction to blue even inspired the ‘save the date’ card for my upcoming sale.
I have to say, I went around and around about what color to paint this dresser. There were just so many possibilities. MMSMP in Mustard Seed Yellow with white accents? Trophy with a stencil on the front? Another custom mixed Minty Green? Black?
In the end I had to tell myself to snap out of it and remember it was only a dresser, and it wasn’t the last one on the planet. Another dresser will come along to be painted, so for now, just pick a color for gosh sake!
And so, I picked Aubusson with the details highlighted in MMSMP in Linen. I knew that I wanted the eye to be drawn to this gorgeous detail at the top of the mirror.
I actually started with outdoor photos for this one, but the blue seems far too bright in these. It’s not that bright in person.
As you may notice in the before & after side by side, I changed out the hardware on the lower two drawers for some much prettier stuff that suited the dresser. The knobs it came with were definitely not original to the piece. And if you are wondering about that scroll-y trim around the bottom two drawers, the previous owners had removed all of it. What you are seeing is the shadow from where it was.