You guys, I’m excited to share this month’s post in collaboration with Ace Hardware – it’s one of my favorites yet!
Did you know that The Paint Studio at Ace has color matching technology that can create a custom paint color from almost anything you bring to the paint counter?!
So this month, the Ace Bloggers were asked to choose an object with a color we love and bring that with us to The Paint Studio at our local Ace to have it color matched.
Deciding on what to color-match was a no-brainer for me. A few weeks ago, I shared about my love affair with vintage and antique books with you, but crazily enough, one of my favorite vintage books ever didn’t actually make it into the post – this 1880 copy of “Little Women.”
I’ve always adored that deep teal blue color, especially paired with the gold accents. I can get a little weird when I talk about colors, I know, but something about that teal just makes me wish it were edible. Is it weird that sometimes I wish that certain colors were food? Because that teal is seriously delicious.
I was a little stumped on what exactly to paint, however, until I remembered this vintage post office box I found on Craigslist for $25. I never knew exactly what to do with it, so it ended up shuffling from room to room as an end table. In fact, I almost threw it back up on Craigslist in my recent efforts to get rid of anything extraneous!
It doesn’t look too bad in this photo, but the fleshy beige color of the doors really wasn’t my favorite and didn’t provide much of a contrast to the beautiful gold Greek key detailing.
I fell in love with the vision of the bold contrast of deep teal with those gold details, plus the black accents on the doors… In fact, it just might end looking very much like my beloved book inspiration!
After my awesome experience with Amy Howard One Step paint last month, I was excited to tackle another furniture painting project. As you might remember, the One Step paint can be mixed in custom colors, a feature I was eager to try out!
So I had a color, I had a “canvas” – the next step was hitting up my local Ace!
The Paint Studio at Ace
This is Robert. He’s the amazingly helpful guy who didn’t even bat an eye when I said, “I have an unusual request. I would like to have this book cover color-matched in the Amy Howard One Step Paint.”
You guys, this is just my experience, but I have not had great success with special requests at certain other hardware stores that shall remain unnamed. So the idea of walking in with something that wasn’t an on-brand paint chip, but rather a totally out-of-the-box thing like an antique book, was a little foreign to me and I just might have been steeling myself for an “I’m sorry, that isn’t going to work.”
But nope, not here! The process couldn’t have been easier or more pleasant. The machine scanned the book cover, popped up a code for the Dark Base One Step Paint, and just a few minutes later my new friend Robert handed me my custom paint color!
Meet “Alcott Blue.” I’ve included a shot of the label in case you fall in love with it too and want to recreate it!
While at Ace, I also picked up two packages of these gold (what else!) caster wheels.
First things first, I used some E6000 adhesive to attach the casters to the bottom of the post office box. The whole thing is metal and I didn’t want to have to deal with screws/bolts, so we’ll have to see how the glue ends up holding. I let it sit undisturbed for a good 24 hours as recommended.
Then, just like last time, I gave the whole thing a good cleaning with Simple Green, followed by a wash with clean water.
Next, I pulled the box back inside because that was the week I was feeling pretty sick and crappy and marathoning Supernatural like nobody’s business. Thankfully, the One Step paint is no-VOC and very low odor, so I set up a little cardboard painting station in the living room in front of the TV and went to town!
Now, here is where I explain that I don’t consider myself to be a patient person. I’m a stubborn person, who tackles crazy projects, despairs halfway through, but sees them through to the end anyway out of sheer bullheadedness, but not a particularly patient person. I’m clarifying because sometimes I share projects like this and I get comments like, “Oh wow! You’re so patient!” and I can’t in good conscience let you think that when it’s just pure ornery-ness that fuels me to finish what I’ve started.
The post office box has, as I mentioned, these gorgeous gold raised Greek key details, and I didn’t want to cover those up with paint.
So this was my process for dealing with those areas:
Step 1: Use the tiniest artist’s paintbrush known to man to pull a bead of paint through approximately 1-inch of the gold detail.
Step 2: Swipe a clean fingertip over that area to remove any excess paint from the raised details.
Repeat ad infinitum for all. twelve. doors.
AND THEN DO A SECOND COAT!
I started to doubt my sanity after the first four doors or so, and had firmly lost it after around 30 episodes of Supernatural. But then again, who wouldn’t?vis
But overall, I actually enjoyed the process of painting this piece and seeing my vision unfold. It certainly beat a week on the couch mindlessly browsing Facebook. Although the detail painting process was tedious, it wasn’t difficult, and the end result was undoubtedly worth it, in my opinion!
I used the light antique wax for 100% coverage and then added the dark antique wax around the edges and around the gold details, working my brush into the nooks and crannies where dirt would settle naturally over time.
After allowing the wax to dry for an hour, I buffed the entire piece with a handful of clean cotton rags, creating a soft and velvety finish.
The Finished Product:
Eager to see how the color-matching turned out?
It’s so perfect I can’t even handle it!
Suddenly my Craigslist purchase that was pretty-cool-but-never-exactly-amazing became one of my favorite projects and pieces of furniture ever! I’m not exactly sure where it will end up, but I can tell you that it won’t be slipping onto my “purge” list anytime soon!
Tips for Color-Matching
If you have a special object with a color you’ve always adored that you’d like to see reincarnated as paint, here are a few tips from The Paint Studio at Ace:
- The item to be color-matched must be at least the size of a quarter.
- The color must be opaque in order for the machine to read it accurately.
- At least a portion of the item must be able to be flattened to fit inside the color matching instrument.
Beyond that, the sky is the limit as to what you can bring in! And keep in mind the custom color can be mixed in tons of different kinds of paints, whether you want to tackle an entire room, a furniture makeover, or a smaller painting project.
And guess what? Today you have the chance to enter to win a $100 gift card to Ace Hardware so you can jump start your own custom color-matching adventure… Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below!
*Open to U.S. residents age 18+. Giveaway runs 11/16-11/23. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email and in this post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
|I couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the Ace Bloggers panel this year and to partner with Ace on this post! Ace Hardware provided me with the materials for this project and I was also compensated for my time and this post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.|