DIY Faux Malachite

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I would have never guessed a couple years ago when I made this double wide desk from IKEA components, that I'd still be using this inexpensive combo today. I really love it - it's great to have so much work space - but it was time to change up the look a bit. When Sherwin-Williams invited me to use some of their green paint to dream up a project for National Painting Week, I knew my old trusty desk was going to be the lucky target.

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I shared last week that I've been dying to try my hand at a faux malachite painting technique, but I've been a little intimidated. I had no idea just how easy it would be! Here are the paint colors I used, all of the colors were mixed in Sherwin-Williams All-Surface Enamel Latex Gloss, going clockwise from top left: Cape Verde (SW 6482), Active Green (SW 6986), Country Squire (SW 6475), and Faux Impressions Clear Glaze.

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I put a coat of primer down on the desk, just make sure the surface was smooth and clean. I did a little sanding too, just with a hand block.

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Then I brushed on a coat of Active Green for the base of the malachite.

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I let that dry for at least a couple of hours.

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I made glaze mixtures in both the dark green and dark teal colors. The mixture was about one part paint to three parts glaze, and then it was mixed well.

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I think the secret to doing a very easy faux malachite is two sizes of fan brushes. If you can find something very small and another very large brush, that would be ideal.

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The malachite pattern part is fun and easy. I started at one end and worked in rows. The trick is to layer the swirls on top of each other. You cover up the start-stop part of each swirl with the smooth, round part of a new swirl. The glaze makes it so the paint dries a little slower and you can layer on the swirls in a clean way, so that the clear bright green base shows through.

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Turn on some music and try to keep a loose hand. :) The trick is to not go over the same part twice, if you can avoid it. Also, rather than doing perfectly rounded circles, add some wiggle to the brush so that the lines of the swirls have some movement. It takes some playing with to get the hang of it, but it's fun to do and it goes really fast!

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Don't forget to switch back and forth between the small and large fan brushes and the dark green and the dark teal glaze mixtures. I mixed the mixtures together sometimes too (such a rebel, I know).

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I also tried to continue the same swirl pattern and glaze color down the side of the table top for a consistent look.

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And here's the dried, finished look:

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It's definitely not meant to fool anyone into thinking it's real malachite. It's just meant to be a pretty, abstract look. I love it!

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I like how much blue there is in the finished desk - I think the SW colors were perfect! I'm really loving how they look against my dark gray walls and with my leopard Eames chairs.

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And now for the barrage of photos of the desk at all angles!

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I loved getting to try another faux painting technique - especially one that had such quick and easy results! A big thanks again to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring LGN and letting me participate in this year's National Painting Week. And be sure to catch the thirteen other design bloggers' projects this week! Today, Cassandra at Coco + Kelley has another green project (I love the color she chose!) and tomorrow Erin from House of Earnest and Justin and Cassity at Remodelaholic will share their yellow projects. It's going to be a colorful week in blogland! :)

65 comments:

Kimber said...

Wow, Jenny! This is gorgeous. I too have been too intimidated to try a faux malachite. Once again, you've inspired me to try. I also love the yardage charts!

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tokyojinja.com said...

The leopard and the malachite, tied together by the desk legs and the lamps is just an amazing combination! I didn't think anything could top the lavender dresser from last year, but this may have. I'm dying for a malachite paper lampshade - do you think this would work painted directly onto a paper shade?

Mrs. DeVore said...

This is beautiful! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while now and you have inspired me!

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome. I love all the accessories on top too. Just had that gold Threshold bowl in my hand yesterday at Target, might have to go back and get it ;)
I love the leopard chair too!

Sara Wetmore said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I'm feeling very inspired now!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Gorgeous! The whole room is so fun. The desk is so creative!

Jenny
Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

stokrotka said...

This is gorgeous.WoW !!

quinncooper said...

WOW! This looks amazing! Seriously you could have fooled me at first glance! What a great DIY, can't wait to try this on a side table.
The leopard chairs pair so nicely with the rich greens!
Well done and thanks for the inspiration!
xo Quinn

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Angie said...

Love the faux malachite - the leopard chairs- the brass - and the yardage charts! ...Did you enlarge them at an office supply place - or do you have another trick up your sleeve? :) Thanks for sharing your painting technique!

christin said...

this is all just way too good.

Chris and Katie said...

Jenny, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Nice job!

Sadie + Stella said...

This looks amazing!!

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

This looks fantastic! I think I'm ready to try it at a smaller scale. I admire your gusto for trying it with a big piece, it really turned out well! I am also obsessing over your yardage charts. I saw your post on them awhile ago, but how did you get them all orange and gorgeous?!

Elba Valverde said...

So clever! Emerald and animal print are a great combo
Xo, Elba

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

Jenny this is so cool! I love it and how it works with everything else!

Grace from AStoriedStyle.com said...

Jenny! Girl, you know I love me some malachite, so I am LOVING this! Did you put some sort of protectant on top of the paint?? xoxo, G

Melanie said...

Jenny, this looks great! I have a vintage malachite necklace from my grandmother that I wear all of the time and I never get tired of it!

I love the yardage charts you have framed above your desk. I'm curious, what's the source on those? They're cooler than any yardage chart I've ever seen. Thanks!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

OMG Jenny!! I love it!! It looks so good! COngrats!

Chelsea said...

You are ridiculous Jenny!! I'll have you know a couple weekends ago at the Joy & Revelry retreat, me along with the rest of the team (Bryn Alexandra, Reichel Broussard, Courtney Lake & Paloma Contreras) were going on about how we'd give anything for an ounce of your energy:) It's so inspiring!

Lekalia Interiors said...

Seriously, beautiful beautiful job! Awesome color selection! Did you do any practice runs first? You make it look so easy!

Hannah said...

So fabulous!

Jennifer said...

you are my hero simply for having a desk so neat! desk looks awesome!

Ms. Bright said...

Absolutely fabulous!!

alison g. said...

I knew when you tackled this, you'd knock it out of the park!

Kasey McKay said...

it looks great - love it!!

Sarah said...

Just want to say - I've been looking for a desk for our office and I think that you just convinced my boyfriend and I to do the same Ikea combo of table top and legs! We've only been working on figuring out the office for maybe 2 years now! :-)

Liz said...

This is incredible!

the Turquoise Iris said...

This is so very cool!! Way to go...I love!

sarah m. dorsey said...

Amazing! I love the subtle pattern with the leopard!

Peónias e Madrepérola said...

wow... great idea! is very well done and succeeded! Congratulations!

blue chickadee said...

You never cease to amaze me with your talents!! The desk looks amazing!!!! Love the shades of green mixed with the gray walls and leopard chairs!

Cluff Family said...

Gorgeous!! Yet again you amaze me!

sturdydesign said...

Absolutely amazingly gorgeous! Great job, Jenny. It looks amazing in the room too. Love it!

Han @ Brooklyn DIY Designs said...

What a great job!
now i am looking around the house to see which piece i can apply this technique to!

definitely going into the inspirational folder!

christina said...

Great job! You've inspired me to try this technique; on a smaller scale of course. You're braver than I! I love the way you finished the edge, it looks like that raw edge you get once stone has been cut.

Aliceart said...

Fantastic! So brave of you, and it turned out so lovely.

Anthony and Jenny said...

Wow, this is really beautiful! Nice job!

Shavonda said...

Great job Jenny. It looks amazing. You may have just given me an idea of what to do with a piece of furniture I've been wanting to paint. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Karrie Kaneda said...

I thought "no way" could that ever turn out good, but wow! You proved me wrong-- looks very cool!

Lauren Elizabeth Dougherty said...

You are so talented that it literally excites me.

Hook, Line and Sink Her said...

It looks absolutely fantastic- definitely a double-take kind of makeover :) x

Jordan said...

amazing... I'm thinking of trying it on our coffee table. Thanks for sharing.

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Laurie Jones said...

You've done it again, the desk turned out amazing. I think this may be my favorite projects of yours...so far!

Maria Silvia P Orlovas said...

My name is Maria Silvia, and i am from Brasil.
I love your blog.
This post is beautiful!

MS

Jennifer @ MillerMusings said...

I love really been crushing on malachite lately and I love, love, LOVE this desk!! Seriously amazing job! Now I'm trying to think what I can do it on, I already have the brushes in my stockpile.. ;)

Anne Marie's mommy said...

Amazing! No one would ever believe that desk was from Ikea. Now to get myself some fan brushes....

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

That technique would also look beautiful as wall art.

Jamie said...

You're a genius!

Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

How fun! I made a set of faux malachite boxes a few months ago but love the idea of having a big piece of "malachite" furniture!

simplymodernhome.com said...

That is A-MAZ-ING! Seriously creative! Love the look!
Susan

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Caitlin Willis said...

SHUT UP! OK next time I'm going to need a video tutorial! I might do a mini version on paper with water based oils since I don't have any furniture at the moment that needs a facelift. Inspiring, as always!

Crystal said...

That is a fantastic makeover. Love the yardage charts enlarged, too.

Emily | Recently said...

Ahhhh, I love it, especially with the leopard chairs. Be still my heart! I'm loving that little pop of lilac/lavender as well. :)

Mandolin said...

I love the desk but I'm also IN LOVE with those yardage charts. Can you tell me where you got them? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Princess Zaria said...

Great idea! I don't paint totally but because you inspire, I can do it! :) I want to have a frame like that on our wall.

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http://www.preciouslyme.com/ said...

Really gorgeous! Love the outcome!!!
It makes want to try this DIY faux malachite too ...!
And I LOVE your chairs too!!!

LindsB said...

Woah, I LOVE these! What a great transformation on this desk, the malachite is perfect!!

Brett & Sydnie said...

This was a fantastic tutorial Jenny! I can't believe how easy it seems. Thanks!

Rachel Parkin said...

That is SO COOL! Never would have guessed that malachite is a DIY-able effect.

Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

I'm not usually one to gush, but the treatment really does look great. I like that you have no illusions that it could pass for malachite, but that it's just a fun way to get the same sort of effect. I like the new artwork above the desk area too. How appropriate!

allison said...

Love the, Jenny! Do you have a source on the leopard fabric?

Thanks,
Allson

Joyous eclecticism said...

I absolutely love this table! It is so chic and you have inspired me to want to try and create faux malachite on a future DIY. LOVE your blog and design style.


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BL said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

Jessika Williams said...

Oh how gorgeous and creative!

Leslie Stewart said...

Absolutely Stunning! Thanks so much for sharing this great technique and finished project. It's so inspiring!
Leslie
House on the Way

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