Hello! This week I’m starting a new series here on the blog, focused on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ colour pallet. First up is Aubusson Blue.
Named after the blue found in classic Aubusson rugs from France, this colour is inspired directly by the development of Prussian Blue in the late 18th Century. A deep blue grey, Aubusson is a classic colour often seen in Scandinavian interiors. I find it deepens in certain lights, sometimes throwing more green, others more grey.
Aubusson Blue was one of my first colours, and used on one of my biggest transformations. I picked up the dresser below for $30, took days to strip that terrible enamel paint off, and finally repainted for it my son Harry. Those familiar with Chalk Paint™ will know that stripping isn’t always necessary, but the paint on this dresser was peeling and needed to be removed.
Being a deeper colour, Aubusson will often only need one coat to get great coverage. On the drawer fronts below that’s exactly what I did, using painters tape to create a herringbone pattern across the drawer fronts.
I’ve been chatting alot in store lately with people about to embark on using Chalk Paint™ on fabric, and I just love these tie dye cushions made by Abigail and Ryan Bell as Painters in residence for Annie Sloan. Aubusson makes a perfect dye for this or Shibori styles. You can find instructions and see more beautiful ideas here.
I love Aubusson partnered with the greys in the palette, Paris Grey or French Linen look beautiful. Or for a more modern look Barcelona Orange is stunning. I’ve also used it with Pure White, as in the mirror below.
Pinterest in an amazing source of inspiration – search for any of Annie’s colours and you’ll find an beautiful array of projects.
Have you finished a project using Aubusson Blue? I’d love to hear about it.