A little while ago I told you about the Fusion custom color contest. After some confusion about when the deadline was for submitting colors, I can confirm that it has definitely been extended to March 31, 2016 (instead of February 29). Which means I had some time to get my act together and submit a piece myself.
To participate in the contest, you have to create your own custom color by mixing together two or more existing Fusion colors. Then you have to name your color and paint something in it. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
When my sister was over for my hatbox party the other day, she played around with mixing some colors and she came up with a gorgeous dark teal blue by combining equal parts of Homestead Blue and Liberty Blue.
So I asked her if she wanted to team up with me to paint a piece to submit to the contest using her color and my painting skills. We even went halfsies on the paint. She had a jar of Liberty Blue and I had a jar of Homestead Blue. We mixed our two paints until we got a color that we thought was perfect. Our recipe ended up being 3 parts Liberty Blue to 2 parts Homestead Blue and it leans a little more towards blue than Debbie’s original half and half mix (although it certainly doesn’t look that way in the jar!)
Debbie hadn’t come up with a name for her color though, so I gave it some thought. I wanted to name it something that reflected our partnership, but also described the color. I thought about our trip to Duluth last fall and came up with Lake Superior Blue.
I knew this color would be the perfect choice for updating this piece …
This was another freebie from my friend Terri’s Uncle Don. The finish was in terrible shape and the bottom drawer was completely stuck. Poor Mr. Q spent quite a long time getting that thing out.
Although the top of the credenza had numerous stains (I think someone probably kept house plants on it at one time), I decided to attempt to stain it rather than paint it. I wanted the warmth of some wood to pair with the cool Lake Superior Blue. The existing finish on this one was so dried out that I was able to easily sand it off with just a couple of passes with the palm sander. Also, it was so nice out last weekend that I was able to work on it right there outside on the deck so creating a bunch of dust wasn’t an issue. I sanded it down first, then I decided to try bleaching some of the heavier stains. I used a q-tip to apply bleach just to the dark stains, then left the piece out in the sun for an hour or two. Then I sanded some more. I wasn’t able to eliminate all of the stains entirely, so I stained the top with in a dark walnut to camouflage them a bit more. I then added a wipe on poly in a satin finish.
This was the darkest stain and although I didn’t remove it entirely, in the scheme of things it blends in fairly well.
Here are the knobs that I ended up with on this piece. It took me a while to land on this choice. I’ll be posting more detail about this choice on Wednesday, so be sure to check back!
That brings me to the trim detail on the two upper drawers.
That’s metal. I debated removing it and filling the groove with wood putty, but I think it would have been difficult to disguise it completely. I also considered just painting over it. The Fusion would have stuck to it, and that would have been a very reasonable choice. But ultimately I decided to work with it. It was a brassy gold to begin with, but I added some gold rub ‘n buff to give it a more of a gold leaf look.
I purchased this India board game box on eBay many years ago. The colors worked beautifully with the credenza, but I had a lot of trouble with glare on it in my photos. I originally tried hanging it on the wall, but for some of the shots I had to angle it in strange ways in order to not just get a shiny blank in the photos. So for some final shots, I just took it down from the wall.
And voila! Here is the Lake Superior Blue credenza!
What do you think of our Lake Superior Blue?
Voting for the contest begins in April so I may have to call on you guys to go and vote for us!
Sharing at Friday’s Furniture Fix!