Mix It Up With A Custom Paint Color

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Custom Paint

When you can’t find “just” the right shade of paint … you mix one!


Woodcraft’s Franchise Compliance Manager, Connie Harmon, recently asked me to help her re-do a vanity for her daughter Makayla. She liked the intensity of Appalachian Sunset Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, but she wanted it “pinker” yet not a pastel pink. After consulting with Black Dog’s painting guru Susan “Swooz” Hudson, we had our formula to mix just that perfect shade.

Custom Paint

Adding Clean Canvas white to the red would have made it pink, but it also would have created a softer color than what Connie was looking for.  Using 2 parts Appalachian Sunset with 1 part That’s Gonna Leave a Mark, we created a cool new color that we named “Mak Pink” for Makayla.

For Connie’s project, the vanity was in great shape, it just needed a cleaning. It had a lot of neat details that were a little tricky to paint, but they gave the piece a more elegant look.

We removed the old hardware before painting and set it aside. New hardware was ordered to add some sparkle to this teen’s updated vanity.

paint brush worked better than a foam brush for getting into the nooks and crannies on the trim. We gave the whole piece two coats of our new Mak Pink paint, letting it dry between coats, followed by two coats of Satin Guard Dog. (Also available in Matte Finish.)

A chair for the vanity was also painted in Mak Pink. We chose a fabric pattern for re-covering the seat to coordinate with the pink and to also add a touch of black to match the existing mirror.

"Before" - Not bad, but not pink. 
Remove hardware.

Vanity chair got a makeover too.

New satin chrome pulls (4-1/2” centers) and 1-1/4” crystal knobs replaced the old hardware.

Custom Paint

Since this piece is going to be used as a makeup table, Connie had a piece of glass cut to size and placed it on the top to protect the surface. Her daughter put photos underneath the glass, which can be switched out as often as she likes.

Makayla loves everything about her new vanity – the color, the bling and the spot for photos!

Shop for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint and supplies at your local Woodcraft or online here.

Check out this follow-up blog with tips for mixing custom colors, as well as printable recipe cards for a ton of new shades from Black Dog Salvage: Creating Colors That Charm. 

We hope you’ll be inspired!

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