Studying Malachite

Last year, I worked with Sherwin-Williams on their National Painting Week campaign and I was assigned the color purple. I chose a soft shade of lilac to make a faux inlay effect on my daughters' vanity dresser. (Here's that post).

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Malachite painting from the one and only Tony Duquette

This year, I was thrilled to work with Sherwin-Williams again and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try another faux painting technique. My color is green this year, so of course there was only one option: malachite.

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Antique inlay box from 1st Dibs

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Lamps from 1st Dibs

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Console from 1st Dibs

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Lonny console

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Lonny wallpaper

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These were some of the images I referenced before starting my project (and I'll be honest - it was a little intimidating to tackle this one, but it ended up being a breeze!). I decided to do a bit of a bluer shade, like the colors in this Celerie Kemble chair, but just a tad more green.

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Before I started, I also looked at the techniques other DIYers have tried. Here's a little round up of the posts that were super helpful to me:

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Malachite boxes via The Aestate (a seriously awesome blog)

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Inspired by The Aestate's tutorial, a cute tray via Burlap and Lace

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Also this one, via Mimosa Lane

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Malachite mats via Everything LEB

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Faux malachite lamps via Gorgeous Shiny Things

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Faux Malachite walls via Apartment Therapy

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Faux malachite knobs via Teal and Lime

This scan below from a vintage book of faux painting techniques was an interesting read. I ended up doing something very similar for my project. 

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Malachite painting technique via Chapman Interiors

My photos and tutorial will be posted next Monday and I can't wait to share. There are 13 other design bloggers posting their projects all next week too. It's going to be an amazing week of colorful befores and afters! :)


sharon smith said...

Wow. So much depth. The wall paper has me thinking..... said...

looking forward to the tutorial & some the colorful posts!

Kimber said...

I am seriously addicted to malachite. Love it!

Heidi Chamoun said...

What a thrill this morning to see my piano bench on LGN! I can't wait to see what you're working on Jenny. A complete stunner, I'm sure :)

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Grace from said...

Jenny! As a fellow malachite lover, I CANNOT WAIT to see your project! I'm sure it will be beautiful! I actually have some Jim Thompson fabric I have been hoarding for a couple of years. :) xoxo, G

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

Thanks for including my box in your round-up jennifer!! I love your posts because they are always so informative and include so many variations...there is something for everyone! :)

Lilly said...

Looking forward to this! I loved your inlay tutorial last year and have it earmarked for a side table in a nursery one day. I just painted my desk in oil based enamel per your console table and I think it turned out pretty well for a beginner! I loove how shiny the paint looks!

Anna Louisa said...

The wall paper from Apartment Therapy is blowing my mind. I don't know if I'd be brave enough though!!

Jessica {The Aestate} said...

Thank you Jenny! Cannot wait to see your take on faux malachite!

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

I love malachite and recently picked up a small box made of it with a pretty inlay design on top.

Also, a blog friend of mine did a great job when she made her version here -

Mel & Liza said...

I love the piano bench!

Celeste said...

I can't wait! The back of my bookshelves need a little something. I'm thinking this will be a great solution!

Hannah said...

Amazing roundup! I did the faux malachite boxes myself! Here's my tutorial:

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The Buzz Blog @ Diane James Home said...

How lucky of you to draw the Pantone color of the year - these are gorgeous malachite looks and can't wait to see your project. We were also happy to our faux fiddle leaf fig tree in Celerie's Kips Bay room again and just below, our little leaf-covered pot with pink roses in Mimosa Lane's pictures!

Kimberley said...

Hi Jenny,

If you'd be interested in some great Malachite Jewelry to go along with your new project, we have some beautiful pieces for sale in our Etsy Shop that we inherited from my family:

Take a peek and maybe you'll find something to love.

LindsB said...

Such a tease! This is going to be so amazing, I already know it. You are so crazy creative that I am DYING to see this project. You had lots of inspiration thats for sure- I mean malachite walls?!? LOVE!!

Renée Finberg said...

i could live forever and happily in a room wallpapered in malachite.


Amanda said...

mmmmmmm malachite.. <3

Kathleen said...

I can't wait to see what you do. Thanks for referencing the Malachite sheets on HSN. I've been looking for emerald sheets and these will be perfect! And I'll probably order the sapphire blue for the guest room!

Crystal said...

Gorgeous! I'm sure I will love what you've done.

Jackie said...

Jenny, I devour any post with the word malachite in the title. I am kind of obsessed and have been hoping to make some malachite boxes like Aestates. Imagine my surprise to see one of my projects in your roundup! Thank you for including my faux malachite knobs...they are my favorite thing in my new studio.

Can't wait to see your project!

Shannon said...

Such gorgeous inspiration photos! Thank you so much for including my DIY Malachite tray. I'm obsessed with it! And those Malachite photo mats are to DIE for!

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Anne Marie's mommy said...

Obsessed with malachite since I was 12, and got a silver bracelet with a piece of malachite in it (that I still wear). Can't wait to see your tutorial!

Amy Hackworth said...

I first discovered malachite as a rock-loving kid and STILL mourn the tiny malachite obelisk treasure I'd just purchased and then lost at my grandma's. Maybe a malachite DIY would help ease my pain. :) Can't wait to see the tutorial!

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