Orange teak goes weathered gray

Recently I posted several times about transforming our three large master bedroom furniture pieces. They are 1970s Danish modern and after many, many years I was so eager to get rid of the orange hue and change to soft, weathered gray. I prepared for my large refinishing project first by using my Color Inspiration Notebook. I created it as a fun tool to assist DIY furniture painting project lovers with color inspiration and selection. The built-in color wheel walked me right through my basic color scheme. It confirmed that I was happy with my accessories and the major teal color, accented with a bit of green and metallics.

The huge dilemma was what to do with the teak – eeekkkk. It seemed to grow more orange every year! The platform bed and two large dressers are loved for their simplicity and have been perfect for storage capacity (there are drawers under the bed).

BEFORE The Orange Teak. Imagine three large pieces…

The before showing the orange teak

I spent some time, using one of the little drawers on the bed, to make a sample using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors. I dismissed French Linen due to its greenish undertone and Paris Grey for its coolness. I settled on warmer Coco, with a wash made up of Clear Soft Wax and Old White. I wanted a simple, manageable finish to enhance the grain while making the large, bulky furniture seem to recede.

THE FINAL FINISH Coco Chalk Paint® with a wash of Clear Wax tinted with Old White {Click on the link to get the recipe!}

Orange teak to weathered grey finish

AFTER Now the large bed is not a dominant force in the room. Thrilled.

The new finish

Prior to this project I painted our walls white to let everything else pop. Now we like the extra brightness in the room since our ranch home has 7-foot ceilings.

The final grey weathered finish

Here, rustic meets refined, meets glam, meets turquoise from Arizona and silver from Morocco.

The final frey weathered wood finish using Coco Chalk Paint

I am so much happier with the soft color that works beautifully with our accessories and existing pieces. Several years ago I installed the silver leaf and starburst mirror behind the bed to add interest. I think I will always love it.

Silver leaf wall with teal pillows

100-year-old books from a dumpster dive are the very simple choice to couple with white leaf pottery and leafy sheers.

Old books work well with the grey bed finish

A piece of my verre eglamisé artwork, concrete pillars, turquoise jewelry, gilded letters and raku pottery by a dear friend are chunky choices for my dresser.

The grey finish works well with the teal

When we purchased this house I bought this old mantel and added a bit of plaster texture. The pottery collection and old books fit perfectly with the demilune and chairs I painted using Chalk Paint®. Two more of my verre eglamisé glass art pieces are above the chairs.

Soft green works with the teal

The old wall cabinet turned into a jewelry case (to the left below) was a Paint + Pattern verre eglamisé project for Royal Design Studio. It was originally green, but I brushed on some Old White Chalk Paint® to soften it up.

Soft green works with the teall

I like how the rustic old jewelry cabinet and the textured, patterned white frame complement each other.

Gold, silver and teal accessories

Well, not surprised that Sunny Delight the kitty has not noticed the new look. She was quite disturbed during the transformation but now her velvety comforter is in place and that is happiness. Today she is busy adding white fur to the look as you can see!

Sunny the cat enjoys her new bed

Many thanks for following along on my journey! I hope you were inspired to re-invent a room in your home.

If you are intrigued by the Color Inspiration Notebook, find a retailer near you, or order one. Perfect for stuffing stockings or gifting yourself!

Now on to decorating the tree!







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