Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
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Colorways newest video tutorial. Layering Techniques for Chalk Paint Steps 2 and 3. View on www.LeslieStocker.com
To enter the NewYear New Look Giveaway, just click here
December 23, 2014
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In this video, I’ll show you the basics of my technique for layering chalk paint colors on wood. I get asked this question ALL THE TIME so please let me know if I did a good job showing how to do to layer chalk paint. This is a very basic technique for layering chalk paint and other pieces may require a more advanced application. I’ll try to show that in the next video.
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December 15, 2014
In this my newest video tutorial, I explain why I do. There are several techniques for maximizing the life of your paint but this is the one I use. I’ll also show you some others. It’s important to get the most out of your paint because it’s expensive.
December 13, 2014
I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but I find myself getting heavy handed with gold paint...................... Read More
And if you are wanting to paint something Gold, or even just add some sparkle to your home, check out my posts ,DIY Gilt Mirror , , and Sparkle Your Holiday Decor.
December 12, 2014
December 11, 2014
When I started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® years ago, the only yellow available was . While a beautiful color, it was not a primary yellow and difficult to use as such when mixing custom colors. So I was delighted when.... Read More
If you like to mix your own Chalk Paint custom colors I have several charts to help with the proportions and recipes. See my charts, Mixing for Green, ASCP Custom Greens, Mixing for Orange, and Mixing for Purple. And ..my new videos are just back from the editor so look for the first one to be up on the blog later this week.
December 10, 2014
December 9, 2014
What do you think of Pantone’s choice for color of the year; Marsala?
Does it remind you of anything? Say ..a certain color of……… Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?
And for more Primer Red inspiration see my posts, Garden Door In Wales, and Duck Egg Blue and Primer Red, and Heart of the House.
December 8, 2014
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At first glance this Gustavian bedside chest of drawers looks simply white. But upon closer inspection.....Read More...
Swedish style furniture is a particular favorite of mine. For more Gustavian inspiration see my posts, , and
December 4, 2014
I have had this old chest forever. I’ve considered painting it many times and always backed off. It’s made of solid walnut and for the most part is pretty sturdy, although there is a sizable split in one of the sides. Still, I love the geometric style and the original drop pulls. The only changes have been...........Read More........
I love colors that are rich and have depth. For more ideas on how to make a single color complex, see my posts, , and
December 2, 2014
This lovely 2 piece French Armoire is available from Soft Surroundings (MSRP $6898). You can paint a similar finish using ............
Armoires offer stylish storage in any room and are easy to modify to fit your needs. I use in my foyer to hold coats and jackets. For more inspirational armoires see my posts, and
December 1, 2014
Available on Colorways at Leslie Stocker.com
And to see my other instructional videos, and any of my paint charts, just click on this tab.
November 26, 2014
Inspiration today comes from on . One of may favorite color combinations is............
For more warm and cool color palettes see my posts, , (also from Ralph Lauren Home), and
November 25, 2014
You can see other upgrades to my master bath by checking out these previous posts you may have missed. In the Looking Glass, Upholstered Bench, Walnut Cabinet and Master Bath Vanity Upgrade
November 24, 2014
Trying to choose a color from a small printed swatch can be frustrating. I keep notebooks and journals of my projects and have compiled them into swatch books to share with everyone who loves to paint. To see all the colors of Miss Mustard Seed, check out these posts you may have missed. and .
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November 21, 2014
Just a quick reminder....this is the last day you can sign up for the Efex™ Holiday Giveway. Sign up here to win a fabulous selection of furniture appliqués and create your own holiday ornaments.
Not only was it easy but it was fun to create my own Christmas tree decorations. My post, DIY Efex™Holiday Ornaments, shows exactly how I did it.
November 20, 2014
Last night we filmed six new instructional videos that will be up on the blog in the next few weeks. I thought I would share a few behind the scenes photos. Here is how we set up the shoot...........
November 19, 2014
Do you know how to create custom color formulas with Chalk Paint? Today on Colorways a new video demonstrates the process. Click on link below to view.
November 18, 2014
Last year we made some upgrades to our master bath that included a....... Read More
If you are interested in other changes I made to the master bath check out these posts, and
November 17, 2014
One of my favorite activities of the holidays is making Christmas tree ornaments. When my children were small it started with construction paper chains, (which I still have), to painting holiday wood shapes, stringing beads, and painting glass ornaments. Although I am more or less on my own these days making ornaments, I still like to create something new for our tree.
Efex™ reached out to me this year and I loved the idea of turning their furniture appliqués into ornaments. Here's how I did it.
Choosing several of their designs, I used my favorite gold spray paint, Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish. After they were dry, I pulled out my Krylon Silver metallic pen and painted accents. Of course you could use other holiday paints and colors, but I love the sparkle of gold and silver on a tree. One of the best things about the Efex™ ornaments is that they are unbreakable. (I don't even want to count the number of glass balls I've lost over the years). And although I don't have little ones running around the tree anymore, I do have my sweet, always excited, golden retriever, Mollie, to keep in mind when trimming the tree.
I used ornament hooks but you could also use string or decorative ribbon attached with Contact Cement. A fun, fast, easy and safe, holiday craft for your family. Decorate your tree and enjoy!
Colorways and Efex are partnering for a Holiday Giveaway. Sign up here to win your Efex Appliques and create your own ornaments.
November 15, 2014
November 14, 2014
Ironstone, Grain Sack, and Linen are the three colors I consider to be in the...............Read more at
Paint color can be so confusing sometimes. There are many color studies, color cards, custom color recipes and swatch books on Colorways. You can find them by clicking on the tab and the Color Palette. For mixing colors see my posts, , and
Colorways and Efex Furniture Appliques are partnering to bring you this exciting holiday-themed contest and giveaway featuring a package of nine fun rosettes from Efex, a perfect project to spruce up your spruce (or fake tree)! It really is a fun way to add new decorations to your holiday tree - just paint, gild and hang. Package includes: 3 R5 Cherubs, 3 R78 Roman Shells, 3 CC1 Sea Shells and 1 Kings Gold Gilding Wax - total value $132!
You may remember seeing some Efex on my blog as I've tried out several of their amazing products and have been sharing a few of my ideas and projects. Check out these posts you may have missed, Efex Picture Frame, Efex Chinoiserie Cabinet, and Efex Architectural Frieze
Be sure to enter on Colorways at LeslieStocker.com
The Contest closes on November 21 and the winner will be announced the next day. Good luck, and who knows, you just might win.