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Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Aubusson Blue

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.

Aubusson Blue 1

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.

Harrys drawers makeover 4

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.

herringbone dresser 2

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.

Aubusson Blue 2

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.

aubusson blue mirror 2

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.



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