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.
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.
Next we worked on the damaged top
Embossing Medium is from The Couture Collection! http:/www.paintcouture.com
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!
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!
We love how this paint covers!
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.
Now I will get ready to glaze “Ingrid” with our Lime Wash Glaze.
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:
Here is a picture of the inside painted with Candlelight then Lime Wash Glaze
I hope you will try our Colors of Sweden paints and glazes!
Thank you reading our post and happy painting!
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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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
It is amazing how colors change with the lighting. The above picture was taken inside and the below picture was taken outdoors.
Outdoor View of the Colors of Sweden Painted Bench
Our Swedish Topcoat will be added next for durability! Stay tuned!