This was supposed to be a quick makeover. Just a couple of coats of chalk paint and I’m done. It’ll probably take a morning. Ha! Kate, you poor, disillusioned fool!
Let’s rewind. A couple of years ago I was given a little pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Napoleonic Blue. I have loved this colour for SO LONG – I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use it on and since I’m currently doing a bedroom makeover for #1 I thought I’d repaint his drawers.
Plan A: Paint the entire set of drawers in Napoleonic Blue and spray the handles in rose gold or copper. This is going to look so Regal Chic!
After digging out my pot of ASCP I realised that I probably didn’t have enough to paint the whole set of drawers. Bugger.
Plan B: Sand the outer cupboard part of the drawers back to wood and paint just the drawer fronts in Napoleonic Blue. This will look great too. More of a Two Tone Retro vibe.
At this point I realised it was going to take HOURS to sand the paint off this thing. Bugger!
Plan C: Paint the outer shell of the drawers Napoleonic Blue and decide what to do with the drawer fronts another day when I’ve got more time. I still got this, this is going to look fine. Let’s call this Jury’s Out.
I got a third coat on the top and then the paint ran out. F*ck! Aaaarrgghhhhh!!!!! You’re probably thinking just go get some more paint. But you see, ASCP is incredibly rare where I live so you can’t just pop down to your local hardware store and get some. It’s also expensive and money is tight.
So here are my options:
1. Go buy more ASCP ($60 and a half hour drive each way).
2. Admit defeat with Napoleonic Blue and paint it back to white.
I was lamenting my predicament (sobbing in the corner) when Emma suggested a brand new plan.
Plan D: Take the empty Napoleonic Blue pot to Bunnings and get them to colour-match it. We’re calling this Napoleonic Impression!
Neither of the colour-matches were an actual match to Napoleonic Blue so we pulled out the colour charts and found a better match – Dulux Night Life. A sample pot cost us just $10.
I came home from the school pick-ups that afternoon with a bucketful of enthusiasm. I painted with wild abandon. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Napoleonic Impression:
I’m not sure if I love the black handles. They were great when the drawers were white, but they kind of get lost against the blue. I may still spray them copper. What do you think?