Hey Friends! So today’s post is a fun one that was brought on last moment (last week) by this Instagram picture I shared of our bedroom. I have really enjoyed all the neutrals in our home but for some reason when I kept looking at this photo it felt desperate for an anchor of sorts. My eye kept going to the foot of the bed and I was craving something that was a little bolder. I didn’t want to go and buy something brand new as this bench is wonderful but I also knew it needed a change. And that change was blue, rather navy blue!
And here you can see a pretty similar shot with the updated bench and change that I had been craving. While the white bench works beautiful and there is not one thing wrong with it (again in my opinion ;)… this bolder bench really draws your eye across the room and makes the white linens pop. More over I have said this before, but I am having such fun mixing ALL the neutral tones together – white, cream, black, navy etc… They really make a pleasing composition when put in the same place.
Here is how I came to this exact blue and it was not love at first sight (or paint stroke – lol)…
I ran one afternoon to grab this chalk paint with a craft coupon. I knew that I wanted something of a darker blue, more of a navy and this was the closest I could find. I thought I would just throw a coat on and go from there.
Well let’s just say my kiddos walked in from playing outside to this on the floor and they were ecstatic. They said it was the prettiest blue and they were SO surprised I was using color, haha!
It confirmed my decision that we needed blue, but it also confirmed my decision that this was not the blue I had envisioned. It is a pretty color just not as dark as I was needing. I usually can stay pretty calm through the artistic process of things but this time I will admit I was a little nervous I was going to be able to pull the color out that I wanted.
Back to the drawing board, I ran again to the craft store and got a rich black paint. I knew that I could mix that in and it would mute/darken the blue to the proper tone.
And sure enough it did! I would say I mixed about half of the blue with not quite maybe 1/3 of the rich black paint to arrive here. I mixed little by little until I found this color. The second coat was on in less than an hour.
Making this such an easy project with big impact.
I finished the bench with a soft varnish and called it good!
I purposely chose to leave the bench and not take it a step further with distressing or sanding. So it is kinda fun to see how chalk paint looks this way instead of weathered.
This whole project gets me excited for blue and the idea of blue painted furniture. It is such a wonderful feature color, but if you aren’t ready for that it is perfect as an accent as seen here.
Thanks so much for stopping by and see you at The Inspiration Gallery tonight!