Rachel from Maison de Pax added a pretty pop of colour to her kids’ playroom by mixing Tropical Cocktail with Vanilla Frosting for this bookcase.

Happy summertime, Country Chic Paint fans! It’s Rachel from Maison de Pax, and I’m so glad to share one of my recent projects in my kids’ play room makeover: a bookcase done in a custom color that I’m calling “vintage aqua” 😉 .

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This was a very simple job. I got a free (score!) bookcase from my neighbor. It was painted with semi-gloss trim paint.

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

So I gave it a light sanding and mixed up a custom paint color. In my mostly neutral playroom, I wanted a touch of that fun, vintage light turquoise/aqua color… So I mixed up CCP Vanilla Frosting and Tropical Cocktail in a 1:2 ratio and stirred well.

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After two coats and natural wax to seal, I added dark wax over the entire piece to add more dimension and warm up the color a bit. A little tip for applying dark wax to an entire piece (rather than just accenting): I swipe the wax on against the grain like so:

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

And then quickly begin rubbing it in with the grain until it no longer looks streaky. Above the shelf has been given the antique wax treatment, while below the shelf is still just paint and clear wax.

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

The final result is just how I imagined…

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

And (bonus!) the toy bins I made for my kids a few months ago with their chalkboard labels fit perfectly.

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I love how it adds a pop of color and energy to an otherwise neutral space – complementing the armoire I updated last year.

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Conclusion: don’t be afraid to mix colors (Country Chic Paint mixes beautifully!) to find exactly what you want.

Vintage Aqua Bookcase #DIY #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog



Rachel

Rachel {Maison de Pax}

I’m Rachel from Maison de Pax, and I am so honored to be a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad. At Maison de Pax, we are working to renovate, redecorate, and rejuvenate our 1940 colonial to be a place where peace can be found; feel free to tour our home if you’d like. Our most recent focus has been our attic renovation, but for years I have loved to make over old file cabinets, paint mason jars, and create my own decor on a budget. With Country Chic Paint, I’ve already created a chippy side table, painted a “sunbleached” look, and gilded a frame… I love the endless possibilities!