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Creating Bespoke Colors

Posted by Chrystal Axelsson on

Creating Bespoke Colors
I've been hinting at this blog post for a few days now, and it's finally ready! Creating bespoke colors is just as easy as mixing up your milk paint! I'm a firm believer in zero waste and saving even the tiniest bit of milk paint powder pays off in the end to create beautiful new shades! Before we get started let's take a look at the minimal supplies you'll need! 
  • pen and paper to jot down your recipe
  • spoon or scoop to measure
  • milk paint powder in chosen colors to mix
  • mixing bowl
  • mini whisk
  • warm water
That's it! You're totally ready to get started. I'm going to be mixing equal parts Silo and Picket Fence for this Eastlake dresser project. I don't use tablespoon or cup measurements because it's easier to measure in parts for me. So one part Picket Fence goes in and one part Silo. 
Doesn't this look so pretty? I love how the powders are so gorgeous all on their own! At this point I mix up my milk paint powder to incorporate those pigments before adding water. 
You can kind of see here that the unmixed Silo is a bit darker on the left hand side than the mix of Picket Fence and Silo. Let's see how this looks on my Eastlake dresser! For a tutorial on this piece you can see my story Highlights on Instagram at our @oldbarnliving account! 
I LOVE IT!!! Seriously it's so fun to mix up your own blends of Old Barn Milk Paint! Below here I'll share and tag some of the post I've been sharing on Instagram from some fabulous furniture artists! 
This deep green was created by Katie @katiecloud
using some leftover greens and blues she had saved from past projects! 
Isn't this so dreamy?? I swoon!
This next piece is a gorgeous blue that Krissy @colorfulhomedesigns created using Chesterfield and Picket Fence, this color also inspired a new shade in our line that will be released soon! 
If you're in the mood for a pop of beautifu color, Krissy created this stunning Lilac shade using Chesterfield, Picket Fence, and Barn Red! Side note: Barn Red  is a GORGEOUS color to play around with! 
Can I also say that this is such a dreamy use of an old chair and I am on the hunt now for broken chairs to use for a fun project in the studio! 
If you're in the mood for an aqua blue, Krissy also created this light shade using Farmstead and French Linen
Another green stunner, this is Moss, Fiddle Leaf, and Picket Fence, layered and mixed to create one of my favorite OBMP pieces ever!!! 
Jen @finn_and_bo wanted to recreate the gorgeous shades of eucalyptus and mixed Farmstead and Silhouette for this beautiful blend! 
Last but not least here is the full reveal of my Eastlake dresser for those who wanted to see it! 
I hope you love it and all these gorgeous pieces as much as I do! Be sure to leave your questions in the comments, follow both our accounts on instagram and facebook, and tag #oldbarnmilkpaint #oldbarnliving to be featured! 
Happy painting friends!

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  • when will you get weathervane and pistol Annie back in stock? Also I love the color that Chesterfield and picket fence made, you said it inspired a color coming soon, when will that come out and what is the name. I noticed the there is no longer picket fence.

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