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The Colors of Sweden is a small boutique line of furniture and cabinet paint inspired by the 18th century Swedish Style of painted furniture. The products in this line consist of six paint colors, two glaze colors and one topcoat.

All the colors and techniques here have been inspired by the Swedish Gustavian Style, designed to "bring in the light" to your home.

The products are the finest water based, acrylic paints, glazes and topcoat manufactured in the USA for Great Walls Supply, the same company that has brought The Couture Collection!™ line of furniture and cabinet paints to the marketplace.

Our paints are Zero VOC, non-toxic and produce a beautiful matte velvet finish. The Lime Wash and Sheer Smoke glazes are low VOC and create a satin like finish. The Swedish Flat Topcoat is low VOC and provides a non-yellowing, muted sheen and a durable finish.

We have included many helpful techniques and information here:

The Colors of Sweden were created by Micki and Mike Coles. They are instructors and finishers in the decorative painting industry and bring you their expert advice and techniques on painting beautiful furniture and cabinets.

The Latest

“Ingrid” Painted Furniture

"Ingrid" before painting

“Ingrid” before painting

We hope you enjoy this step by step transformation, my teaching assistant Suzie Frietag helped me with this project.

Suzie lightly “scuff sanded” this piece with 220 grit sandpaper because it had layers of sun damage and crackle of old polyurethene, which needed to be smoothed out.  If I am ever in doubt about a piece I lightly scuff sand it.

Next we cleaned “Ingrid” with Krud Kutter Gloss Off using a Scotch Brite scrub sponge.  This product takes off grease, grime, de-glosses the surface and it does not need to be rinsed.

Our “Ingrid” Painted Furniture was a very old piece and looked as though it was Mahogany Wood.  From past experiences we know that this can release tannins that come up and bleed through the paint.  So after cleaning, we used our favorite precaution product – Myland’s Sanding Sealer, a very high quality shellac.  It is applied with a chip brush and dries in 30 minutes.  We applied two coats, which is usually the best bet to prevent those tannins from coming through!

Although this may seem like a lot of steps it does not take that long; it ensures a long lasting finish when you are painting over something very old, layered with dirt and cracked polyurethane.

 

Myland's Sanding Sealer

Myland’s Sanding Sealer

 

Mylands Sanding has been applied to the entire piece using a chip brush

Mylands Sanding has been applied to the entire piece using a chip brush.  We applied 2 coats with 30 minutes dry time between coats.

Next we worked on the damaged top

Damaged Top - Before

Damaged Top – Before

 

Embossing Medium will be used to repair the damaged top

Embossing Medium will be used to repair the damaged top

Embossing Medium is from The Couture Collection! http:/www.paintcouture.com

Embossing Medium is used to repair the top

Embossing Medium is used to repair the top

Suzie applied Embossing Medium with a Bondo Blade pushing it into the crevices.  When it was dry we lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper to level the surface.  In a few places we needed a second coat, and repeated the process.  Now she is ready to paint!

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Misty Fjord was chosen for “Ingrid” Painted Furniture; this is a very soft green-gray.  Colors of Sweden furniture paint is 100% acrylic paint which is very durable and gets very hard when cured.  It is also non-toxic and has zero VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), which are harmful to you and the environment.

I love to roll on paint using the 1/4″ nap Velour Roller on flat surfaces.  Our paint glides on so smooth!

 

Rolling on Misty Fjord with a 1/4" nap Velour roller

Misty Fjord with a 1/4″ nap Velour roller

 

Rolling on Misty Fjord Paint with the 1/4" nap Velour roller

Rolling on Misty Fjord Paint with the 1/4″ nap Velour roller

We love how this paint covers!

 

Painted Top with Misty Fjord Paint - Rolled on with the 1/4" nap Velour Roller

Painted Top with Misty Fjord Paint – Rolled on with the 1/4″ nap Velour Roller

 

I used the Zibra Square Brush to apply Misty Fjord Paint to the details

I used the Zibra Square Brush to apply Misty Fjord Paint to the details that I could not reach with the roller

 

Applying Misty Fjord paint with the Zibra Square Brush

Applying Misty Fjord paint with the Zibra Square Brush

I applied 2 coats of Misty Fjord paint and let it dry 4 hours between coats.  Suzie thought it would be a good idea to paint the inside drawers a different color, she chose Candlelight Colors of Sweden paint.

 

Inside drawers painted with Candlelight Colors of Sweden paint

Inside drawers painted with Candlelight Colors of Sweden paint

 

Now I will get ready to glaze “Ingrid” with our Lime Wash Glaze.

 

Tools for Glazing: Zibra Brush and Staining Pad

Tools for Glazing: Zibra Brush and Staining Pad

I apply the glaze with a brush and remove it with a dampened staining pad.  Here is a short video showing how I applied the Lime Wash Glaze over Misty Fjord Colors of Sweden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Vj7_wFgCc

 

Lime Wash Glaze on the drawers over Misty Fjord paint

Lime Wash Glaze on the drawers over Misty Fjord paint

 

"Ingrid" painted with Misty Fjord and Lime Wash Glaze

“Ingrid” painted with Misty Fjord and Lime Wash Glaze

 

Top close up showing the subtle sheen of the Lime Wash Glaze over Misty Fjord paint

Top close up showing the subtle sheen of the Lime Wash Glaze over Misty Fjord paint

Here is a picture of the inside painted with Candlelight then Lime Wash Glaze

 

Candlelight paint with Lime Wash Glaze on inside drawers, Misty Fjord paint with Lime Wash Glaze over the rest of the piece

Candlelight paint with Lime Wash Glaze on inside drawers, Misty Fjord paint with Lime Wash Glaze over the rest of the piece

 

"Ingrid" painted in Misty Fjord, Candlelight on inside drawers and Lime Wash Glaze

“Ingrid” painted in Misty Fjord, Candlelight on inside drawers and Lime Wash Glaze

I hope you will try our Colors of Sweden paints and glazes!

Thank you reading our post and happy painting!

 

 

 

 

Gray Veil Finish

Using the natural Sea Sponge to paint furniture

Use our natural Sea Sponge to Create The Look of the Gray Veil Finish by using the Colors of Sweden Gustav and Linnea paints and Sheer Smoke Glaze.

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One of the reason I love using the Sea Sponge in painting furniture it helps imitate the aged beauty and mottled effects often seen in the 18 century Swedish Gustavian Style furniture.

Here are some examples:

Gustavian Syyle Chest from Cote de Texas

Gustavian Style Chest from Cote de Texas

 

Gustavian Sideboard from Tone on Tone

Gustavian Sideboard from Tone on Tone

 

Sheer Smoke Glaze brushed on, removed with the Sea Sponge or Cheesecloth. The paint under the glaze is Gustav applied with a Sea Sponge. When dry Linnea is applied with a Sea Sponge, allow to dry, then glaze.

Gray Veil Finish created using the natural Sea Sponge by Colors of Sweden

 

How to Create the Look

Step 1 – Clean the surface with Krud Kutter Gloss Off or Simple Green

Step 2 – Pour Gustav paint onto a foam plate.  Sponge paint Gustav using a water dampened Sea Sponge covering abut 90% of the surface.  Allow to dry.

Watch the video below to see how this is done

 

Stay tuned for Part 2…

Thank you for watching!

 

 

 

Painted Furniture Techniques

2 Color Bench painted with Sophia, then Linnea applied with a Sea Sponge
2 Color Bench painted with Sophia, then Linnea applied with a Sea Sponge

 

Learn painted furniture techniques using the Sea Sponge.  This bench was once black, then it was painted with a chalk like paint and waxed.  It was time for a change! Here is the step by step transformation using the Colors of Sweden paints; time for some new painted furniture techniques!

 

Bench painted with a chalk like paint and waxed

Before- bench painted with a chalk like paint and waxed

 

First, the wax must be removed before painting, otherwise the paint may chip off in places.  Use Denatured Alcohol and a terry towel and scrub the surface all over well.

The bench will be painted in Sophia and Linnea Colors of Sweden paints, with no glaze.  The Flat Topcoat will be added.

Second, paint one coat of Sophia all over using the Palm Pro Brush or a soft synthetic brush made for acrylic paints.  Let dry 4 hours.

 

Sophia first coated painted on the bench

Sophia first coated painted on the bench

 

Next Linnea paint is applied using a water dampened Sea Sponge.  Pour off the paint into a plastic plate or paint tray.  Dampen the Sea Sponge with water and ring out the excess.  Dip the sponge into the paint and apply.

 

Getting ready to apply Linnea Colors of Sweden paint with our Sea Sponge

Getting ready to apply Linnea Colors of Sweden paint with our Sea Sponge

 

Have a small artist brush if needed to get into the tight areas.

By the way, did you know that Linnea is the most popular name for girls in Sweden?  The Linnea flower is a twin flower that grows all over the Swedish countryside!

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint is named after the Linnea Flower

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint is named after the Linnea Flower

 

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint being applied with a Sea Sponge

Linnea Colors of Sweden paint being applied with a Sea Sponge

Here, Linnea paint is first applied in a wiping motion.

Click on the link below to watch the video on how to apply the paint with the Sea Sponge:

Applying Linnea paint Colors of Sweden with a Sea Sponge

The key to successful Sea Sponging is to vary the technique by dragging, dabbing and rolling the Sea Sponge.  Hope you like and will try these painted furniture techniques!

Linnea sponged on over Sophia Colors of Sweden paints

Linnea sponged on over Sophia Colors of Sweden paints

 

Sea Sponging Linnea Paint Colors of Sweden

Sea Sponging Linnea Paint Colors of Sweden

 

if you are unhappy with a section, here is how to fix it:

Repaint the area with the color of the first coat of paint, Sophia

Then after it dries, reapply Linnea with the water dampened Sea Sponge

Applying Sophia with the Palm Brush

Applying Sophia with the Palm Brush

 

Sophia painted over a small area before re applying Linnea paint

Sophia painted over a small area before re-applying Linnea paint

 

Using the Sea Sponge to Apply Linnea paint over the brushed on Sophia paint

Use the Sea Sponge to apply Linnea paint over the brushed on Sophia paint

 

Close up a area that was re-done

Close Up of the area that was re-done

 

Close Up of the Arm

Close Up of the Arm

 

Finished Bench in Sophia with Linnea applied with the Sea Sponge

Finished Bench in Sophia with Linnea applied with the Sea Sponge

 

Indoor View of the Painted Bench

Indoor View of the Painted Bench

 

It is amazing how colors change with the lighting.  The above picture was taken inside and the below picture was taken outdoors.

 

Bench Outdoor View Colors of Sweden

Outdoor View of the Colors of Sweden Painted Bench

 

Our Swedish Topcoat will be added next for durability!  Stay tuned!